You have to take care of yourself to take care of others. Family caregivers, though, often struggle with just that, coping with burnout, financial instability, and even health problems. My mission is to improve the quality of life and health of families coping with an illness or a disability. To this end, I seek to conduct research leading towards evidence-based, scalable, multi-level approaches to improve the health and quality of life of such families, and to raise awareness about the importance of family caregivers through community outreach.
Biopsychosocial and bidirectional impacts of illness/disabilities on families
Role of psychological stress/appraisal in the development of health outcomes among informal caregivers
Impact of caregivers on their care recipient’s health outcomes and medical care
Interventions to improve caregiver and care recipient outcomes
Litzelman K, Kent EE, Rowland JH. Social factors in cancer family caregivers: The interrelationships among social stressors, relationship quality, and family functioning in the CanCORS dataset. Cancer. 2016 Jan 15;122(2):27886.
Litzelman K, Green PA, and Yabroff KR. Cancer and quality of life in spousal dyads: Spillover in couples with and without cancer-related health problems. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Feb;24(2):76371.
Litzelman K and Yabroff KR. How are spousal depression, distress, and quality of life associated with risk of depression among cancer survivors? Longitudinal findings from a population-based national sample. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Jun;24(6):969-77.
Litzelman K, Skinner HG, Gangnon RE, Nieto FJ, Malecki K, Mailick MR, and Witt WP. The Relationship among Caregiving Characteristics, Caregiver Strain, and Health-Related Quality of Life: Evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Qual Life Res. 2014.
Litzelman K, Witt WP, Gangnon RE, Nieto FJ, Engelman CD, Mailick MR and Skinner HG. Association between Informal Caregiving and Cellular Aging in the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin: The Role of Caregiving Characteristics, Stress, and Strain. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Jun 1;179(11):1340-52.
Litzelman K, Skinner HG, Gangnon RE, Nieto FJ, Malecki K, and Witt WP. Role of Global Stress in the Health-Related Quality of Life of Caregivers: Evidence from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin. Qual Life Res. 2014 Jun;23(5):1569-78.
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