To study the impact of rare disease on unpaid friends and family members who provide care (known as “family caregivers”), the National Alliance for Caregiving and Global Genes, are launching a “first-of-its-kind” national snapshot of rare disease caregivers. This fall, the two groups plan to release a national survey aimed at collecting feedback from over 1,000 family caregivers of children and adults with rare diseases. The survey will be open from Wednesday, September 13 through Tuesday, October 31, with a final report anticipated in early 2018.
As many as 30 million Americans are affected by a rare disease or condition, and many of these individuals receive unpaid care from friends, family, and neighbors. While much of the focus on caregiving has historically been on the aging population in America, policymakers are beginning to take notice of the impact of caring for rare disease patients on the volunteer friends and family who provide care, known as “family caregivers.” Many people who have rare diseases are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, leaving their family caregivers to experience unique challenges related to access to appropriate medical care and medications, and the emotional burden associated with the uncertainty of managing the disease and its prognosis.
The Caregivers of People with Rare Diseases study includes an independent advisory committee, listed below. This committee has reviewed the survey questionnaire and will review the data before its release. Researchers at Greenwald & Associates will administer the survey and conduct the data analysis, in partnership with the National Alliance for Caregiving and Global Genes.
Patient advocacy communities working in rare disease are encouraged to invite caregivers to participate in the online survey. After fielding, the data will be collected, cleaned, and aggregated into the final report. The final report will be released at a Capitol Hill briefing for Members of Congress, including the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus.
The research is made possible through generous grant funding from the following partners: Allergen Foundation, Alexion, Amgen, Amicus Therapeutics, Biogen, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Retrophin, Shire, Ultragenyx, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
RARE COURAGE: As many as 30 million Americans are affected by a rare disease, and many receive unpaid care from friends, family, and neighbors.
For more information please reference our previous “What’s Happening” Article: http://www.eparent.com/whats-happening/national-alliance-caregiving-launched-survey-caregivers-persons-rare-disease/
CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WITH RARE DISEASES STUDY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Arunabh Talwar MD, FCCP
Professor Medicine, Hofstra Northwell
School of Medicine
Director, Advanced Lung Disease Program
Pulmonary Critical Care Sleep Medicine
Department Internal Medicine
Amy Brin Miller, MSN, MA, PCNS-BS
Child Neurology Foundation
Erica Ramos, MS, LCGC
Clinical Head, Healthy Genomes and Staff
Genetic Counselor, Illumina
President-Elect, National Society of Genetic
Rare Blood Cancers and Metastatic
Principal, JF Campbell Consultants
Co-Founder, Professional Patient Advocates
in the Life Sciences
Family Caregiver, for daughter with
Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood
President, The Bonnell Foundation
Lynn Adams, PhD
Scientist, Palliative Care and End-of-Life
Mousumi Bose, PhD
Assistant Professor in Applied Nutrition,
Montclair State University
Medical/Scientific Research Liaison, The
Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders
Former Family Caregiver and Mother to Ilan,
President/Founder, Parent Project Muscular
Former Family Caregiver and Mother to
Christopher and Patrick
Tamar Heller, PhD
Professor and Head, Disability and Human
Director, Institute on Disability and Human
Director, Rehabilitation Research and
Training Center on Aging with
University of Illinois at Chicago: Institute for
Health Research and Policy
Sameer Verma, M.D.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Exceptional Parent Magazine; October 2017