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Distressed family caregivers of lung cancer patients: an examination of psychosocial and practical challenges.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22797839     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: Lung cancer and its treatment impose many demands on family caregivers, which may increase their risk for distress. However, little research has documented aspects of the caregiving experience that are especially challenging for distressed caregivers of lung cancer patients. This study aimed to explore caregivers' key challenges in coping with their family member's lung cancer.
METHODS: Single, semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 21 distressed family caregivers of lung cancer patients.
RESULTS: Caregivers described three key challenges in coping with their family member's lung cancer. The most common challenge, identified by 38 % of caregivers, was a profound sense of uncertainty regarding the future as they attempted to understand the patient's prognosis and potential for functional decline. Another key challenge, identified by 33 % of caregivers, involved time-consuming efforts to manage the patient's emotional reactions to the illness. Other caregivers (14 %) characterized practical tasks, such as coordinating the patient's medical care, as their greatest challenge.
CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that clinical efforts are needed to assist distressed caregivers in providing practical and emotional support to the patient and attending to their own emotional needs.
Authors:
Catherine E Mosher; Heather A Jaynes; Nasser Hanna; Jamie S Ostroff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-07-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1433-7339     ISO Abbreviation:  Support Care Cancer     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-07     Completed Date:  2013-06-19     Revised Date:  2014-02-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9302957     Medline TA:  Support Care Cancer     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  431-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adaptation, Psychological
Adult
Aged
Caregivers / psychology*
Family Relations
Female
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Lung Neoplasms / psychology,  therapy*
Male
Middle Aged
Prognosis
Qualitative Research
Stress, Psychological / etiology*,  psychology
Uncertainty
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
F32 CA130600/CA/NCI NIH HHS; F32CA130600/CA/NCI NIH HHS; KL2 RR025760/RR/NCRR NIH HHS; R03 CA139862/CA/NCI NIH HHS
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