The Influence of Caregiver-Patient Relationship Quality and caregiver Burden Long-Term Care Use in Singapore
Previous research has uncovered patient factors for long-term care service (LTCS) use. To improve service planning and design, this study aims to elucidate the caregiver factors that influence LTCS use in Singapore.
Based on a longitudinal study, we found that that better initial caregiver-patient relationship quality is predictive of later informal care use. Better initial caregiver-patient relationship quality is predictive of later concurrent use of both formal and informal LTCS, as compared to use of informal LTCS only. Higher initial caregiver burden is predictive of later formal care use.
Formal LTCS use complements rather than substitute informal LTCS use. Services aimed at improving caregiver-patient relationship quality and identifying burdened caregivers prior to an older person’s functional decline should be considered.”