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Caregiving Networks Across Disease Context and the Life Course: A Comparative Longitudinal Study

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 18 Years
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)



Family Network;
Social Support;
Natural History;
Genetic Conditions;
Rare Diseases;
Natural History

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Inherited Metabolic Disorders;
Undiagnosed Diseases;
Batten's Disease;
Tay sachs;

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)




Supporting Site

National Human Genome Research Institute


In the U.S., about 53 million informal, unpaid caregivers provide care to a person who is ill, is disabled, or has age-related loss of function. These caregivers may be adult children, spouses, parents, or others. The stress of providing long-term care affects caregivers health and well-being. Researchers want to learn more about this stress and its effects.


To learn how the caregiving process affects the health and well-being of caregivers over time.


Adults aged 18 years and older who are caregivers for a person with a chronic medical condition and who have already given consent to take part in other study activities.


Participants will be put in different groups. They will complete some or all of the following tasks over 1 year. They may repeat these tasks once a year for up to 5 years.

Participants will fill out 2 online surveys. One will ask about their health and their caregiving experience. The other will ask them to list people in their social network and their care recipient s social network who give them support.

Participants will have a 2-part phone interview. It will be audio recorded. In part 1, they will be asked about the people they listed in the survey. In part 2, they will be asked about their caregiving experience and events in the care recipient s life.

Participants may fill out a weeklong diary every 3 months. It will ask about their daily social activities, well-being, and stress levels. It will also ask about their thoughts and feelings about caregiving.

Participants may give a blood sample each year they are in the study.

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To be eligible to participate in this study, an individual must meet all of the following criteria:

-Adults aged 18 years and older

-If the Care Recipient is living, they must self-identify as a primary caregiver to the Care Recipient (individual with a chronic medical condition), OR if the Care Recipient is deceased, they must self-identify as having been a primary caregiver to the now-deceased Care Recipient, OR they must otherwise be identified (i.e., referred) by a participant as a part of the caregiving network

-Ability to consent to research

-Fluency in English will be needed to complete interview as well as to read, comprehend surveys and consent forms, as appropriate validated measures in other languages are not readily available.

-Physically capable of participating in applicable assessments


An individual who meets any of the following criteria will be excluded from this study:

-Care Recipients (as defined in this protocol)

-Staff of NHGRI

Staff of NHGRI are unable to participate in this study as a safeguard against the risk of ethical concerns. As per OHSRP SOP 404, NIH staff may be a vulnerable class of study subjects. Excluding staff of the Institute conducting the study assures there will not be any perceived or actual conflict of interest, pressure/coercion to participate among co-workers, subordinates, work unit-members, etc. As further noted in OHSRP SOP 404, exclusion further protects this class of subjects privacy and confidentiality; and protects the study s scientific integrity.

Persons with impaired neuro-sensory or decision-making ability (adults unable to provide consent) will not be enrolled in the study. Persons with impaired neuro-sensory or decision making ability would not be able to participate with independent responses to the various social behavioral measures we use in the study interview and survey. Learning information about these individuals through other people instead of themselves would introduce bias to this study.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Laura M. Koehly, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 31
Room B1B54
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 451-3999

Laura M. Koehly, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 31
Room B1B54
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 451-3999

Office of Patient Recruitment
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Building 61, 10 Cloister Court
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Toll Free: 1-800-411-1222
Local Phone: 301-451-4383
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