Trend Article Analysis
The following essay will touch on the journal article titled Publication trends in behavioral gerontology in the past 25 years: are the elderly still an understudied population in behavioral research?, in which the researchers will attempt to answer the question of gerontology and whether it is an understudied and underreported research topic within the field of behavioral research. The goal of the essay is to determine the research article methodology, procedures and methods, what type of data was analyzed and the ultimate results of the study concluding the authors’ intent to prove that gerontology is a fledgling topic that should be much more prominent in the field of psychology. To support the research article another study will be presented to show that caregivers and elderly patients seek information and knowledge as often as possible to understand and prepare for future needs. With few publications in print regarding the aging and the disabilities that develop as a result of age, this often leads to frustration and confusion, as noted through the second article Development and evaluation of a combined story and fact-based educational booklet for patients with multiple brain metastases and their caregiver. Research Question and Methodology
The journal article written by Buchanan, J., Husfeldt, J., Berg, T., and Houlihan, D., (2008) is a research study conducted on publication trends in gerontology to find out whether the aging are an understudied population in behavioral research. Aging is a natural effect that all races experience without discrimination, however there is question that the subject itself is not studied or reported on often enough. The United States is currently experiencing a tremendous demographic shift known as the ‘‘Graying of America.’’ According to the United States Census Bureau (2000) there are approximately 35 million Americans (12% of the population) age 65 and older. However, by 2030, it is expected that about 66 million Americans (20% of the population) will be 65 or older (Buchanan, Husfeldt, Berg, & Houlihan, 2008, p. 65). The authors of the journal state that more elderly people are developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other conditions related to this disorder at very quick rate and health care is increasing at a very fast pace for those who are age 65 and older. In those who require nursing home type care, it is noted that about 79% of them have home care and those who are in charge of caring for them have very little medical or behavioral training (Buchanan, Husfeldt, Berg, & Houlihan, 2008). With so many Americans requiring home care, nursing care and are heavily reliant on medications, it is necessary that the general public, as well as medical care givers and other medical professionals, become as educated as possible on the diseases that are developing among family members. Research Question
The research question remains: Are there enough studies conducted to deal with the issues of gerontology to better educate the aging or their caregivers? “Conveying information to patients and caregivers is essential to facilitate informed treatment decisions and positive coping strategies” (Kitamura, et al., 2011, pp. 642-643). In the journal article Development and evaluation of a combined story and fact-based educational booklet for patients with multiple brain metastases and their caregivers, the authors conducted a study to find out what the preference was for caregivers and their patients to read the informational pamphlets regarding their sickness. The study conducted found that about 51% of patients preferred a story and fact approach to reading the informational pamphlets provided (Kitamura, et al., 2011) and while this may not always be an ideal option for reporting studies, it is a positive step toward educating where it is needed. The question remains are there enough informational types of pamphlets...
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