Unmet Service Needs: A Comparison Between Dementia and Non-Dementia Caregivers

Hong Li

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This study compared the unmet service needs between dementia and non-dementia caregivers using data extracted from the Caregiving in the U.S. survey. This study sample included 625 non-dementia caregivers and 208 dementia caregivers. Ordinary least squares (OLS) regression analysis was used in analysis. The study showed that a large percentage of dementia (78.8%) and non-dementia caregivers (69.9%) reported unmet needs in at least one service area. Dementia caregivers who reported higher levels of caregiving strain were likely to report greater unmet service needs (p =.05). To address caregivers' unmet service needs more effectively, a comprehensive assessment of caregivers and their care receivers and interventions addressing the needs of both caregivers and care receivers are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-59
Number of pages19
JournalHome Health Care Services Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • caregivers
  • dementia care
  • unmet service needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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