J Appl Gerontol. 2023 Mar 18:7334648231163430. doi: 10.1177/07334648231163430. Online ahead of print.
This mixed-methods study examined the health information-seeking behavior of Latino caregivers of people living with dementia. A structured survey and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 21 Latino caregivers in Los Angeles, California. For triangulation, semi-structured interviews were also conducted with six healthcare and social service providers. The interview transcripts were coded and analyzed via thematic analysis, while the survey data were summarized using descriptive statistics. The results show that caregivers sought information on what changes to expect as dementia progresses. Some desired detailed (limited) information to be better prepared (to worry less). The most common action to address their information needs was searching the Internet. However, those who did this tended to be concerned about the quality of information. Overall, this study sheds light on how much detail Latino caregivers desire in the information they need and the actions they take to obtain this information.