Diverging Effects of Closeness in Older Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain and Spousal Caregivers

Project: Research project

Project Details


PROJECT NARRATIVE The prevalence of chronic low back pain (CLBP) in older adults is growing and treatment of CLBP in the Medicare population increased three-fold in recent years. Spouses are a key source of support and assistance to many older CLBP patients but ongoing exposure to patients’ suffering is likely to take a toll on spouses’ well- being and ability to provide effective support. The proposed research is aimed at identifying a key context, daily variations in relationship closeness, in which spousal caregivers are most affected by patients’ pain and likely to respond in ways that compromise patients’ function over the longer term.
Effective start/end date2/15/2011/30/22


  • National Institute on Aging: $513,952.00


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