Health issues and informal caregiving in Europe and Italy




Informal caregivers are the unpaid persons who take care of a not self-sufficient family member, due to old age or chronic illness or disability. As in all the European countries, the demand for informal cares is further increased as a result of the ageing societies and the social and political fallout of informal caregiving is a very current and important issue.We have overviewed some international scientific literature, with the aim of understanding the key research objectives to be firstly pursued to address this problem. In particular, we focused on the psycho-physical health differences in informal caregivers, subjected to long lasting load and prolonged stress, as compared to non caregiver persons. We also underlined the relationship between caregiver health differences and stress, gender type, kind of the care recipient (autism) and social and political situation in Europe and Italy.The collected data indicate the necessity to prevent caregiver psychological and physical health by appropriate laws, especially supporting women, often most involved in care activities.

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Marina Petrini - Istituto Superiore di sanità

Francesca Cirulli

Antonio D’Amore

Roberta Masella

Aldina Venerosi

Alessandra Venerosi

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Petrini, M., Cirulli, F., D’Amore, A., Masella, R., Venerosi, A., & Venerosi, A. (2019). Health issues and informal caregiving in Europe and Italy. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 55(1), 41–50. Retrieved from
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