Worry and time: the unseen costs of informal care

  • Tanisha Jowsey, Lyndall Strazdins, Laurann Yen
  • Chronic Illness, June 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1742395316647788

chronic illness patients: how their loved ones worry about them

What is it about?

In this article we explore the relationship between patients and their informal carers (usually a family member or close friend). We suggest that when carers worry about their care recipients that the act of worrying is actually an element of care. The paper explores worry in relation to time. How much time do carers spend worrying about their loved ones? What are the implications of such worry?

Why is it important?

Measuring how long we spend managing our health - or the health of other people - is a complex and difficult task. We suggest that worry should be considered in this calculation, since it can have physical consequences on the worrier and can strain intimate relationships, and because it takes time.

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