Relationship between the use of home-visit nursing services and family caregivers’ experience of interprofessional care

Gen Nakayama, Shoichi Masumoto, Junji Haruta, Tetsuhiro Maeno

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Abstract

Aim: To examine the relationship between the use of home-visit nursing services (VNS) for patients and their family caregivers’ experience of interprofessional care, which is an indicator of the care process. Methods: We used data from a cross-sectional survey in Japan, 2020. Family caregivers 40-74 years old and caring for community-dwelling patients with chronic conditions were recruited. The outcome variable was family caregivers’ experience, reflecting the quality of interprofessional care for patients and their caregivers. We used the Japanese version of the Caregivers’ Experience Instrument (J-IEXPAC CAREGIVERS), which includes two domains: attention for the patient and attention for the caregiver. The main factor was the use of VNS, and covariates were socioeconomic factors of the caregivers and the use of other health and social care services. J-IEXPAC CAREGIVERS scores were divided into two groups by median values and analyzed by multivariate logistic regression analyses. Results: A total of 566 caregivers were included in the analysis. The median age was 62 years old. VNS was used in 86 cases (15.2%). Logistic regression analyses revealed that the use of VNS was significantly associated with a higher total score group for J-IEXPAC CAREGIVERS (odds ratio = 3.02; 95% confidence interval 1.54-5.91). Of the J-IEXPAC CAREGIVERS domains, attention for the patient was significant. Conclusions: We found that the use of VNS was likely to provide a better experience among family caregivers. Our findings sug-gest that visiting nurses fulfill their expected role as core members of a multidisciplinary team.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalJapanese Journal of Geriatrics
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Health services evaluation
  • Home-visit nursing services
  • Interprofessional care
  • Patient experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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