Informal Caregivers ANSWERS-VA

Recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Informal caregiver of a family member or friend (Veteran) with a stroke or TBI
- Caregiver must express need or concerns in providing care
- Plans to be providing care for 1 year or longer
- Access to telephone
- Willingness to participate in 9 call from a nurse and 5 data collection calls at designated timepoints
- Veteran's stroke must be within past 3 years
- Veteran's TBI must be since 9/11/01

Exclusion Criteria

- Caregiver or survivor age < 18 years
- Caregiver denies that survivor has had a stroke or a TBI
- Caregiver does not consider him or herself a caregiver, stating that the survivor is not impaired or is the same as before the stroke or TBI
- Caregiver has low task difficulty (OCBS task difficulty score < 16)
- Caregiver communication difficulties (e.g., hearing loss)
- Caregiver not fluent in the English language
- Caregiver with serious medical illness limiting ability to participate
- Caregiver refuses to sign a HIPAA authorization allowing the VA to store personal health information (PHI) in a location outside the VA
- Survivor residing in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Survivor or caregiver has a terminal illness (e.g., cancer, end of life condition with decreased life expectancy, renal failure requiring dialysis)
- Survivor or caregiver history of hospitalization for alcohol or drug abuse
- Survivor or caregiver history of Alzheimer's, dementia, suicidal tendencies, severe untreated depression or manic depressive disorder, or schizophrenia.
- Survivor or caregiver pregnancy
- Survivor or caregiver is a prisoner or on house arrest
- Survivor had a Transient Ischemic Attack (rather than a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke)
- Survivor had a stroke more than 3 years ago