Objective: To describe the current challenges of family caregivers during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for future digital innovations including involvement from professional nursing roles.
Data Sources: Review of recent literature from PubMed and relevant health and care reports.
Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused monumental disruption to health care delivery and care. Caregivers face unprecedented levels of uncertainty: both for the people they care for and for their own health and well-being. Given that many carers face poor health and well-being, there is a significant risk that health inequalities will be increased by this pandemic, particularly for high-risk groups. Innovations including those supported and delivered by digital health could make a significant difference but careful planning and implementation is a necessity for widespread implementation.
Implications for Nursing: Practice Carers need to be championed in the years ahead to ensure they do not become left at the “back of the queue” for health and well-being equity. This situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptive change to health and social care is now required where digital health solutions hold considerable promise, yet to be fully realized.
Egan, K. 2020, 'Digital technology, health and well-being and the Covid-19 pandemic: it's time to call forward informal carers from the back of the queue', Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 36(6), article no: 151088. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2020.151088