Care partners, or informal, unpaid caregivers of adults with chronic conditions, are essential but often underserved, members of the healthcare team, particularly among those with fewer resources or psychosocial support, and the large and rapidly growing Hispanic population. A key gap in current practice is our healthcare system´s failure to adequately support care partners to effectively balance their life roles and self-care with their caregiving responsibilities. Self-management interventions for care partners are needed to prevent and mitigate caregiver distress and improve their health and self-efficacy. Problem Solving Training (PST) promotes self-management and self-efficacy and reduces caregiver burden and depressive symptoms. To address health disparities, we translated and culturally adapted PST to our novel Descubriendo Soluciones Juntos (DSJ) for Spanish-speaking care partners. This presentation will present the background literature establishing the need for these care partner interventions and why PST/DSJ shows promise to address these care partner needs.
Identify unmet care partner needs and existing health disparities.
Describe the PST/DSJ intervention and how it promotes self-management and self-efficacy.
Describe the research supporting efficacy of PST for improving care partner outcomes.