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Committee for Advancement of Respite Research


Committee Members

ARCH Is pleased to announce the formation of the ARCH Committee for Advancement of Respite Research (CARR) that is charged with leading the next phase of ARCH's work in building an evidence-base for respite. The next phase of this work will include: examination of how to improve access to and quality of respite services; identification of aspects of respite services and models that make them exemplary; encouragement of evaluation and replication of promising services; and translation of research findings into practice. Given the current effects of COVID-19 on respite service delivery, another focus of the Committee will be to identify methods for evaluating the impact of alternative respite options that were developed to support family caregivers during the pandemic, and how these might be translated to more flexible respite options for families in the future.

CARR Overview and Purpose

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National Presentations

Advancing Respite by Building Bridges among Respite Researchers
Presentation by Kim Whitmore, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Marquette University
Research Consultant, ARCH

Dr. Kim Whitmore, facilitator of the ARCH Committee for Advancement of Respite Research (CARR), presented virtually at the 2nd Conference on Caregiving Research, Building Bridges: Advancing Family Caregiving Research Across the Lifespan, hosted by the National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Whitmore provided an overview of ARCH's Respite Research Initiative and discussed the role of CARR in advancing an evidence-base for respite in her presenation Advancing Respite by Building Bridges among Respite Researchers.

Presentation Slides

Watch her presentation.


View the Conference Abstracts in the full Conference Program,



Since the full CARR meeting in January, the three workgroups have met to determine next steps:

  1. Define and measure the value (cost-effectiveness) of respite

  2. Recommend common data elements (CDE) for respite-related research 

  3. Expand culturally appropriate research with hard-to-reach or-serve populations

Meeting, January 21, 2022


PPT Slides

Work Groups' Alignment with Key Research Recommendations

Inaugural Meeting, May 5, 2021


Presentation and Discussion Slides