Health issues and informal caregiving in Europe and Italy

Marina Petrini, Francesca Cirulli, Antonio D'Amore, Roberta Masella, Aldina Venerosi, Alessandra Carè

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Informal caregivers are the unpaid persons who take care of a not self-sufficient family member, due to old age or chronic illness or disability. As in all the European countries, the demand for informal cares is further increased as a result of the ageing societies and the social and political fallout of informal caregiving is a very current and important issue. We have overviewed some international scientific literature, with the aim of understanding the key research objectives to be firstly pursued to address this problem. In particular, we focused on the psycho-physical health differences in informal caregivers, subjected to long lasting load and prolonged stress, as compared to non caregiver persons. We also underlined the relationship between caregiver health differences and stress, gender type, kind of the care recipient (autism) and social and political situation in Europe and Italy. The collected data indicate the necessity to prevent caregiver psychological and physical health by appropriate laws, especially supporting women, often most involved in care activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-50
Number of pages10
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 2019


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers/psychology
  • Child
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Legislation as Topic/trends
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Women


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