There has been much research documenting the impact of having a loved one diagnosed with advanced cancer, but little is known about how to reduce care-giver burden. In this randomized controlled trial, the authors examined the potential relationship of an advanced cancer patient's participation in an 8-session, structured, multidisciplinary intervention on the care-giver's burden and quality of life (QOL). Although the patients randomly assigned to the intervention (n = 54) demonstrated improved QOL compared to the control condition (n = 49) participants (P <.05), there was no evidence that improving the patient's QOL made an impact on the caregiver's level of burden or the care-giver's QOL. Further investigation is warranted in this area, including interventions specifically designed and targeted to both reduce caregiver burden and to improve caregiver QOL.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine|
|State||Published - May 2006|
- Advanced cancer
- Quality of life
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