Cross-national data on informal caregivers of older people with long-term care needs in the European population: time for a more coordinated and comparable approach

Aviad Tur-Sinai, Andrea Teti, Alexander Rommel, Valentina Hlebec, Stecy Yghemonos, Giovanni Lamura

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Abstract

To promote long-term care policies for older adults, accurate mapping of the often invisible and insufficiently recognized role of their informal caregivers is needed. This paper measures the prevalence of informal caregivers in the European population, illustrates current difficulties in gathering unequivocal information on this topic and deals with the scientific and policy implications of the problem. Using the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) and the Study on Health and Ageing in Europe (SHARE), the current difficulties in gathering unequivocal information on this topic are illustrated. In most countries, the share of informal caregivers varies, sometimes markedly, among the three surveys. As for the sex of caregivers, while confirming the well-known higher prevalence of caregivers among women than among men, large variations emerge across the three surveys in most countries in respect of the two sexes. The takeaway message of the paper is that it is urgent to promote international concerted action in gathering comprehensive informal caregiving information and/or exploring in greater depth the different intercultural understandings of informal care itself.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press

Keywords

  • Harmonization
  • Informal caregiver
  • Long-term care
  • Caregivers
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Europe
  • Quality of Life
  • Male
  • Female
  • Aged
  • Long-Term Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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