Caregivers are a vital part of a vasculitis patient’s life. And yet, there are not many resources for this dedicated group. Dr. Lesha Carpenter has published on this important topic and is conducting a VF-funded study about caregivers. Join us on Thursday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) for a webinar on this important group when Dr. Carpenter offers tips, encouragement and resources to help caregivers. Click here to register for the webinar.
Dr. Carpenter is an assistant professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a research fellow at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Her research focuses on how vasculitis impacts patients and their social network members, including spouses, family, and friends. She has published 10 peer-reviewed articles and 1 book chapter about vasculitis; several of these publications have explored how vasculitis affects patients’ quality of life. She has also developed two educational podcasts to help patients teach their friends about vasculitis. As a co-investigator on the Vasculitis Foundation’s Research Initiative to Assess Disease Impact (V-RIDI) grant, she will be collecting survey data to understand the role that caregivers play in the health and well-being of patients.
Dr. Carpenter earned her PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education for UNC and her masters of science in public health from the University of South Carolina. She is also a Certified Respiratory Therapist. Click here to learn more about Dr. Carpenter’s research.