Developing a measurement strategy for assessing family caregiver skills

Carol J. Farran, Judith J. Mccann, Louis G. Fogg, Caryn Diane Etkin

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This article presents a conceptual approach to assessing skills of family caregivers for persons with Alzheimer's disease and recommends next steps for the development of this science. Researchers used multiple methods to develop a conceptual strategy for assessing family caregiver skills. Study participants included clinical, outreach staff from an Alzheimer's disease center, nursing faculty with expertise in dementia care, and family caregivers. Mixed methods contributed to the conceptual clarification of caregiving skill and to the development of 3 approaches to assessing caregiver skill: caregiver self-report, clinician assessment, and direct observational assessment. Caregiver effectiveness has the potential to affect the process of caregiving and outcomes for both the person with dementia and the caregiver.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-139
Number of pages11
JournalAlzheimer's Care Today
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Family caregiver effectiveness
  • Measurement development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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