New Pew Report: Family Caregivers are Wired for Health
Nearly four in ten U.S. adults (39%) are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. That is up from 30% of U.S. adults in 2010. Caring for a loved one is an activity that cuts across most demographic groups, but is especially prevalent among adults ages 30 to 64, a group traditionally still in the workforce.
Caregivers are heavy technology users and are much more likely than other adults to take part in a wide range of health-related activities.
Caregivers are more likely than other adults to:
- Gather health information online, particularly about medical problems, treatments, and drugs.
- Gather health information offline, from clinicians, friends, family, and others who share the same health condition.
- Go online specifically to try to figure out what condition they or someone else might have.
- Consult online reviews about drugs and other treatments.
- Track their own weight, diet, exercise routine, or other health indicator.
- Read online about someone else’s personal health experience (which, in the case of caregivers, could be related to their own or their loved one’s condition).
- Go online to find others with similar health concerns (again, there may be dual motivations to connect — to find more information about handling caregiver stress, for example, or about their loved one’s health challenges).
Full report: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Family-Caregivers.aspx?utm_source=Mailing+List&utm_campaign=f035729191-Newsletter_062713&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a7fe984b-f035729191-387796486.