The STC research study has been completed providing confirmation of what we have been saying about the STC experience for the last 20 years. We can now describe STC as an “evidenced-informed model.” (See below)
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the STC care recipients, caregivers and group members from the US, Canada and Australia who participated in this important study. It could not have happened without you! And we truly appreciate all the groups out there using STC to help more and more people who need caregiving support. BRAVO.
Unless you are in the healthcare field this study may not seem like a big deal, but for STC, it should help to open more opportunities for funding and programs so that we can reach, teach and help many more caregivers everywhere.
The Call to Action
Our job now is to get the word out to professionals.
Researcher, Amy Hegener and I need to present “SHARE THE CARE™ – An Established Model Supported by Research and Practice”at important conferences in late 2015 – into 2016 and have submitted abstracts.
Society for Social Work and Research
20th Annual Conference – Washington, DC
3rd World Congress on Integrated Care
International Conference – Mexico City
American Society on Aging
2016 Aging in America – Washington, DC
HealthCareChaplaincy 3rd Annual “Caring for the Human Spirit”
Global Conference – San Diego. CA
NOW, AFTER A YEAR OF HARD WORK to reach this point, we really need everyone’s support to cover our conference fees and travel.
THE GOAL IS $14,000
Please donate online at www.sharethecare.org or if you prefer by check. Your can make a donation in honor of a friend or loved one. If you are in a STC group this is a great reason for a group donation.
Or If you prefer send us a check payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI and mail it to:
c/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th Floor
121 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY 10013-1590
YOUR GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please include your name and address so we can properly acknowledge your gift and; if you would like to be kept informed of STC news, your email address. As always your group stories and photos for our website are always encouraged and welcome.
About the Research
The STC program is supported by a descriptive evaluation using a non-experimental mixed-methods design. The study sample was purposive and included a total of 143 participants from around the US, Canada and Australia. Data were collected via an online survey and through follow-up phone interviews.
The following research questions were addressed:
- Is participation in STC associated with a reduced level of burden for the primary caregiver and/or other family members?
- Is there an association between participation in STC and improved confidence in caregiving skills among group members?
- Is there a relationship between the shared experience and group members’ satisfaction?
The findings of this study suggest that the STC program is positively associated with the following outcomes:
- contributing to a reduced level of burden among caregivers;
- supporting a care receiver’s ability to stay at home with necessary supports, thereby decreasing the potential for reliance on more costly formal systems;
- adding to or improving the well-being of participants, by remaining focused on a distinct psychological structure;
- enhancing the caregiving skills of participants by preparing them for future caregiving situations; and
- demonstrating variability that can be applied across settings and cultures.
These findings provide a foundation of supportive evidence that confirms STC as a best-practice model in the field of caregiving and one that can be replicated in a cost-effective manner across locations and challenges. The results of this study further indicate that STC is effective in addressing a number of different challenges, whether short or long in duration.
It was the most rewarding experience of my life. It proved that I could contribute so much without feeling overwhelmed or overburdened.
It taught me to trust others, to know the real meaning of “team work”.
I think the military must be something like a Share the Care group — each member depending on the others and trusting with their whole hearts that they were supported. Emotionally, being able to choose to help according to my strengths and to “pass the buck” where I felt I was weak was a Godsend.”
– Research Study Participant