• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.


    Find out more about it and REGISTER today!

  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

    Find out about it!

  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

  • FREE CE for GAPNA MembersFREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Update in Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Prescribing"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For January/February 2020 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

  • Online CEThe Best of 2019!

    A LIVE rebroadcast event featuring 5 of GAPNA's Best CE sessions from 2019

    January 21, 2020 from 11:30 am - 5:15 pm EST

    $39 for GAPNA Members $59 for Non-Members


    Register Now

Older Patients and Caregivers Differ in Assessments of the Quality of Chronic Illness Care

Caregivers who often accompany patients to physician office visits are well-positioned to provide additional information on the quality of patients’ chronic illness care.

A new study suggests older patients with chronic illnesses and their caregivers can differ in their assessments of the patient's quality of care.

Researchers compared patients’ self reports and their caregivers’ independent ratings of the quality of chronic illness care, and found the agreement between patients and caregivers was low.

Patients who were following a more complex treatment plan (taking many medications) or having more difficulty following a treatment plan were less likely to agree with their caregiver about the quality of care.

Patient-caregiver dyads had greater agreement on objective questions than on subjective questions.

The researchers believe that for some patient-caregiver dyads, the caregiver’s report may be more accurate than the patient's report. This may be particularly true for caregivers who are providing substantial support in managing the patients’ health care or for patients with cognitive impairment.

To learn more, see Geovannetti et al. (2013). Do older patients and their family caregivers agree about the quality of chronic illness care? International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 25(5), 515-524.

Related Topic 1: 

GAPNA Newsletter Issue: