Cancer caregiver: Perceived benefits of technology

Maria Isabel Lapid, Pamela J. Atherton, Matthew M Clark, Simon Kung, Jeff A Sloan, Teresa A. Rummans

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Background: The burden associated with caregiving has been well documented. Caregivers have multiple responsibilities, and technology may be accessible as a potential burden-alleviating resource. Materials and Methods: We surveyed cancer caregivers regarding current technology use and willingness to use technology for easing burden or distress. Because age has been associated with technology use, responses were compared between geriatric (≥65 years old) and nongeriatric (18-64 years old) caregivers. Results: We had 112 respondents. Based on nonmissing responses, 66% (n=71) were women, 95% (n=106) were white, and 84% (n=91) had post-high school education. Almost all caregivers reported having Internet (105 [94%]) and e-mail (102 [91%]) access. Nongeriatric caregivers indicated more willingness to access Internet-based tools that help caregivers (54 [93%] versus 41 [76%]; p=0.04) and were more frequent users of social media (37 [64%] versus 16 [30%]; p=0.01), smartphones (33 [57%] versus 16 [30%]; p=0.01), and other mobile wireless devices (42 [72%] versus 19 [35%]; p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)893-902
Number of pages10
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015



  • family
  • informal caregiver
  • intervention
  • oncology
  • psychosocial technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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