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Release: November 3, 2003

Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute Caregivers Program Appoints Nursing Professor to Expert Panel

The Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute Caregivers Program has appointed Meridean Maas, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the University of Iowa, to an advisory panel of national experts to address caregiving challenges.

Maas was asked to join the "Education, Training and Support Programs for Caregivers" panel that will convene in Atlanta Nov. 13-14. She is one of five experts chosen for the panel. Each panel member will write a book chapter conveying what knowledge exists in scientific research on the topic of caregiving and what new ideas need to be explored. The chapters will be combined into a book that will become part of a series on caregiving. Maas will present on and write the book chapter "Role of the Program Leader/Facilitator: Professionally Led vs. Self-Help Caregiver Groups."

Maas' research and teaching has contributed to her national reputation as an expert on caregiving. She is the Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor of Gerontologic Nursing Research at the UI College of Nursing. She formerly held a number of positions in hospitals and long-term care, including administrative and clinical practice roles. Her funded programs of research relevant to caregiving include testing the effects of a Family Involvement in Care intervention on family members of institutionalized Alzheimer's patients, staff caregivers, and persons with Alzheimer's Disease; and Nursing Outcomes Classification research to develop, classify and validate patient outcomes that are sensitive to nursing interventions.

Maas is director of the Iowa Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence, co-principal investigator of the Iowa Geriatric Education Center grant funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, co-director of the Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center and director of its Regional Research Training Core.

The Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute Caregivers Program is one of Johnson & Johnson's newest signature program commitments. Its principal mission is to support programs which improve the health and quality of life for persons who are acting as caregivers for chronically ill, disabled or elderly family members or friends.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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