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UI nursing faculty member wins grant to analyze family caregivers'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Howard Butcher, Ph.D., assistant professor in the
University of Iowa College of Nursing, has been awarded a $6,200 grant
by the university's Central Investment Fund for Research Endeavors (CIFRE)
to study how family members experience caring for a person with Alzheimer's
The fund supports faculty and research scientists in all areas of scholarly
endeavor. The CIFRE award is designed to assist in the development of new
initiatives and new directions in scholarly inquiry that will enhance competitiveness
of applications leading to external funding. The fund awards grants up
to $10,000 and requires completion of the study within one year.
Butcher's study draws on existing data collected for a project by Kathleen
Buckwalter, Ph.D., UI professor of nursing, to teach caregivers how to
deal with the stress of 24-hour care of a relative with Alzheimer's disease.
The study will evaluate interviews of 245 family caregivers from Iowa,
Minnesota, Indiana and Arizona taken at the onset of Buckwalter's project.
All of those interviewed were family caregivers living with and caring
for a family member with Alzheimer's disease. By analyzing how family members
experience caregiving, Butcher aims to develop a more in-depth understanding
of the family caregiving process. "Once you know more about the caregiving
process, you can develop a program which is designed to be more specific
in reducing the burden and problems associated with caregiving," Butcher
Butcher expects to complete the study by the end of June.