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Psychological functioning of caregivers for head and neck cancer patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22154127     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) often require assistance from family caregivers during the treatment and post-treatment period. This review article sought to summarize current findings regarding the psychological health of HNSCC caregivers, including factors that may be associated with poorer psychological health. Online databases (PUBMED, MEDLINE and PSYCINFO) were searched for papers published in English through September 2010 reporting on the psychological health of caregivers of HNSCC patients. Eleven papers were identified. Caregivers experience poorer psychological health, including higher levels of anxious symptoms, compared to patients and to the general population. Fear of patient cancer recurrence is evident among caregivers and is associated with poorer psychological health outcomes. The 6-month interval following diagnosis is a significant time of stress for caregivers. Greater perceived social support may yield positive benefits for the psychological health of caregivers. To date, there have been relatively few reports on the psychological health of caregivers of HNSCC patients. Well designed, prospective, longitudinal studies are needed to enhance our understanding of how caregiver psychological health may vary over the cancer trajectory and to identify strategies for improving caregiver outcomes.
Margaret L Longacre; John A Ridge; Barbara A Burtness; Thomas J Galloway; Carolyn Y Fang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Review     Date:  2011-12-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oral oncology     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1879-0593     ISO Abbreviation:  Oral Oncol.     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-18     Completed Date:  2012-05-31     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9709118     Medline TA:  Oral Oncol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / nursing*,  psychology
Caregivers / psychology*
Head and Neck Neoplasms / nursing*,  psychology
Health Status
Risk Factors
Social Support
Stress, Psychological
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