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Carers and Health: The Research

Here are some of the key stats showing the effect of caring on carers' health, and links to the research that proves it.

  • Carers caring for over 50 hours per week in Hertfordshire are more than twice as likely to report that they are in poor health than non-carers in the population.

In Poor Health: The impact of Caring on Health (Carers UK)

  • 83% of carers reported negative impact on their physical health
  • 87% of carers reported negative impact on their mental health
  • 39% had put off treatment for themselves due to caring
  • 61% thought regular breaks from caring would improve their health.

In Sickness and In Health (A collaboration of Carers Week charities)

  • Up to 40% of carers experience psychological distress or depression
  • Carers have an increased rate of physical health problems, for example providing high levels of care is associated with a 23% higher risk of stroke.

Supporting Carers in General Practice (Royal College of General Practitioners)

  • Carers are at increased risk of premature mortality.

Our own research

  • 88% of carers reported stress and anxiety
  • 63% of carers reported disturbed sleep
  • 47% reported depressions
  • 36% reported weight or eating issues
  • 14% reported physical injury/assault or threat of it.

In Sickness and In Health: A Hertfordshire Snapshot (Carers in Hertfordshire)

How our work helps

Carers referred to Carers in Hertfordshire by their GPexperienced considerable benefits compared to carers identified by their GP Surgery and not referred.

  • Carers were twice as likely to report that they were better informed.
  • Almost three times as likely to know who to contact in a care crisis.
  • More than three times more likely to know about their right to a carer’s assessment.
  • More likely to have received a carer’s assessment in the past two years.
  • More than five times more likely to have had a benefits check.
  • More likely to have had a significant break in caring in the last 12 months.
  • More likely to be using alternative care services.
  • More confident about access.

Identifying and Supporting Carers Through the GP Surgery - What Difference does it Make? (Reeve and Baker 2005)

Further evidence of the impact of GPs referring carers to Carers in Hertfordshire can be found in the Project Report for HCL (Hertsmere Commissioning Ltd) Innovations Carers Project  in partnership with Carers in Hertfordshire.

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