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Informal care

Providing informal care may influence the provider’s health
Informal care is care provided by people to their family members, relatives or friends with physical or psychological diseases, without being paid for it. Those who provide informal care, often do so for a long period of time. Informal care can be very intensive. In that case, providing the care is a heavy burden on those who provide it. The intensive nature of informal care can also affect the care provider’s own health and can lead to psychosocial problems, for instance.

Providing informal care may influence the provider’s health

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