- Adherence rates for caregivers who use an antidepressant – a medication patients must take as prescribed to see a benefit – are relatively worse than for non-caregivers (67 percent vs. 73 percent). Across all health conditions, 64 percent of caregivers are adherent to their medication therapy, compared to 68 percent of non-caregivers.
- Caregivers are more likely to rate themselves in poorer health compared to non-caregivers (15 percent vs. 12 percent), and a higher proportion of caregivers report being unhappy (5.3 percent vs. 3.5 percent).
- Only one-in-five caregivers reside in the same household as the patients in their care. More than half (52 percent) live within 15 miles of their primary care recipient, and another 27 percent live more than 15 miles away.
- Roughly one-third provide care for more than one person, and two-thirds of respondents provide care for a parent, older relative, sibling or friend as opposed to a spouse or adult child.
- At the time of the survey, approximately 36 percent of caregivers had increased the amount of care they provided in the past month; 15 percent had decreased the amount of care. Care-giving is a long-term endeavor: 8.5 percent of caregivers reported they were new to the role and only 3.8 percent said they stopped providing care in the past month.
- The average age for caregivers is 52 years old, and most are female (63 percent female vs. 37 percent male).
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