The University of Florida has partnered with Trualta, a Canadian company that develops educational programs to support family caregivers, to evaluate the program’s impact on caregiver confidence and wellness, as well as health outcomes.
The study is funded by a grant from Canada’s Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation through its Industry Innovation Partnership Program. The program pairs private companies with institutions that can offer a real-world setting for testing new products and services to address the needs of aging adults.
The new UF-Trualta study will follow caregivers of a person with dementia or mild cognitive impairment who is having surgery, to determine if the program can reduce caregiver burden and improve patient care. Potential participants will be identified through the Perioperative Cognitive and Anesthesia Network program, or PeCAN, a clinical service at UF Health Shands Hospital that works to improve brain health for presurgical patients at risk of cognitive problems.
PeCAN is directed by Dr. Catherine Price, an associate professor of clinical and health psychology in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions with a joint appointment in the UF College of Medicine, and by Dr. Kristin Hamlet, a clinical assistant professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology.
“In our practice, we frequently see caregivers who are burdened,” Dr. Price said. “Caring for someone who is having cognitive issues and going through a surgical procedure can be very stressful. As clinicians, we want to be able to offer resources to support caregivers and help them feel more empowered.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 08