The context of dementia: visualizing the features of daily life for rural-dwelling, informal, veteran dementia dyads

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dc.contributor Payne-Foster, Pamela
dc.contributor Roskos-Ewoldsen, Beverly
dc.contributor.advisor Snow, A. Lynn
dc.contributor.advisor Hilgeman, Michelle M. Loup, Julia 2021-07-07T14:36:43Z 2021-07-07T14:36:43Z 2021
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003772
dc.identifier.other Loup_alatus_0004M_14407
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Rural-dwelling, informal, veteran dementia caregiving dyads (a veteran diagnosed with dementia (PWD) and their caregiver) make up a population with unique needs compared to their non-caregiving or urban caregiver counterparts. However, according to commonly used measures of and approaches to studying rurality (e.g., Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes, RUCA), individual differences are underrepresented in the design, implementation, and delivery of dementia-focused care for rural older PWDs and their caregivers. The present study qualitatively categorized daily life needs in the context of informal, rural-dwelling, dementia caregiving, and developed visualizations to present the findings across several stakeholder groups. In turn, the objective of this study was to gain more contextualized awareness this population’s daily-life needs by means of this novel qualitative-visual analysis approach. Rapid, thematic, and content analyses were performed on 30 semi-structured interviews with dementia dyads associated with the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. A categorical understanding of the sample’s daily life needs (including activities and resources) emerged and was translated visually using two data visualization modalities: Network Analysis and Life-Space Mapping. Results suggest this two-stage method of qualitative and visual analysis successfully delivers insight into the daily life needs of rural-dwelling, veteran, dementia dyads for care providers and policy makers. Taking a visual approach to qualitative needs assessment and rural care may assist in the development of tailored dementia caregiving interventions from integrated medical systems, such as the Veterans Health Administration.
dc.format.extent 102 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
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dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
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dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Clinical psychology
dc.title The context of dementia: visualizing the features of daily life for rural-dwelling, informal, veteran dementia dyads
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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