Quality of life of caregivers of patients with advanced-stage cancer

Matthew M. Clark, Teresa A. Rummans, Jeff A. Sloan, Andrus Jensen, Pamela J. Atherton, Marlene H. Frost, Jarrett W. Richardson, J. Michael Bostwick, Mary E. Johnson, Jean M. Hanson, Paul D. Brown

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

Keywords

  • Advanced cancer
  • Burden
  • Caregivers
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Clark, M. M., Rummans, T. A., Sloan, J. A., Jensen, A., Atherton, P. J., Frost, M. H., Richardson, J. W., Bostwick, J. M., Johnson, M. E., Hanson, J. M., & Brown, P. D. (2006). Quality of life of caregivers of patients with advanced-stage cancer. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 23(3), 185-191. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909106289074