Caregivers

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

Invisible Burdens: The Complex Needs of Caregivers of Patients With Brain Cancer

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Caregivers of patients with malignant brain tumors often bear additional burdens in their role, as these patients often experience cognition-related adverse effects as well as the effects of their cancer and its treatment.

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

You Don't Say: Knowing When to Just Listen to Patients, Families Trying to Cope

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When patients and families are holding on to what you don't say, they may use combativeness and being argumentative to keep you — and your words — from bringing them to accept the unacceptable.

Cancer Patient Caregivers Have Increased Burden With Assessment Dissonance

Cancer Patient Caregivers Have Increased Burden With Assessment Dissonance

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There is an increased burden on caregivers to not only assist with IADLs but also to assess patient conditions and provide health care information.

Lack of Training Associated With Cancer Patient Caregiver Burden

Lack of Training Associated With Cancer Patient Caregiver Burden

Correlation between training and caregiver burden was partially mediated by confidence, researchers found.

Treating the Other "Patient": Depressive Symptoms Are Predictive of Declining Physical Health in Caregivers

Treating the Other "Patient": Depressive Symptoms Are Predictive of Declining Physical Health in Caregivers

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The person with cancer is not always the oncology nurse's only patient. Caregivers should be assessed for depressive symptoms, which can indicate declining physical health in the caregiver, and receive appropriate treatment.

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

The Great Cancer Masquerade: When Grief Manifests as Anxiety, Control, Anger

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Grief over a loved one's impending death may manifest as other emotions or difficult-to-manage behavior. This month's column describes how families may express their grief as anxiety about their loved one's care, an attempt to take control of the situation, or anger toward the clinicians involved in their loved one's care.

Education, Counseling on Caregiving Role for Spouses Improves Outcomes for Women With Breast Cancer

Education, Counseling on Caregiving Role for Spouses Improves Outcomes for Women With Breast Cancer

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An educational counseling intervention delivered by nurses directly to spouses of women with breast cancer improved marital communications and patients' appraisal of their spouse's interpersonal support.

Home-based Symptom Management With Caregiver Involvement Improves HRQOL in Advanced Breast Cancer

Home-based Symptom Management With Caregiver Involvement Improves HRQOL in Advanced Breast Cancer

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Trends in caregiver involvement in home-based patient care are introducing new avenues for symptom management and improved health-related quality of life for patients undergoing chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer.

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Report Higher Burden vs Other Caregivers

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Caregivers of patients with cancer report a higher burden and significantly more time providing care compared with caregivers of patients with other conditions.

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

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Nearly 25% to 33% of family caregivers of patients with advanced cancers report high levels of anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as significant time providing care.

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

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Reflecting on the 2 meanings of this simple word helps explain the nuances of communicating with cancer patients and their families at pivotal points of care.

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

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Palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings do not reduce anxiety or depression symptoms and may increase posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in family members of patients with chronic critical illness.

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Early Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

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The introduction of palliative care shortly after a patient is diagnosed with cancer is associated with improved quality of life.

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

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Are the difficult questions easier to answer when the patient still has treatment options available? Ann Brady talks about helping patients and families navigate the changes in disease and care.

Family-focused Therapy Improves Grieving and Coping in Families at High Risk for Dysfunction

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Severity of complicated grief and risk of prolonged grief disorder are reduced in high-risk families that receive family-focused therapy during palliative care and into bereavement.

Standards Established for Psychosocial Care of Children With Cancer and Their Families

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A group of pediatric oncology psychosocial experts developed evidence-based standards for the care of children with cancer and their families.

Family Caregivers of Older Adults Experience Significant Emotional Difficulty

Family Caregivers of Older Adults Experience Significant Emotional Difficulty

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Family caregivers providing substantial assistance with health care to older adults experience significant emotional difficulty and role-related effects, but only one-quarter use supportive services.

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

Religion, physicians, and surrogate decision-makers in the ICU

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Religious or spiritual considerations were discussed in 16% of family meetings in ICUs, but health care professionals only rarely explored the patient's or family's religious or spiritual ideas.

Patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) improves communication between patients, caregivers, and health care team

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A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

Supporting the cancer patient's long-distance caregiver

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Providing care for a loved one with cancer is even more difficult for long-distance caregivers. In this column, an oncology social worker offers tips on helping caregivers overcome these challenges.

Clinical trial reduces the stress of stem cell transplant patients' caregivers

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The stress of caregivers of patients receiving stem cell transplantation can be successfully reduced by an intervention, according to a randomized controlled trial.

Spouses' mood may impact the well-being of cancer survivors

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The emotional state and health of a cancer survivor's spouse can affect their own well being, a recent study indicates.

Early use of palliative care in cancer improves patients' lives and outcomes for caregivers

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A new randomized clinical trial has noted several significant benefits for those who began palliative care early.

Dying patients' choices not always aligned to caregivers'

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A recent study examined choices patients with cancer and their caretakers make with regard to willingness to purchase high-cost treatments that may only increase a patient's quality of life slightly.

'Bathing and Honoring' Intervention Benefits Families After Acute Care Patient Death

'Bathing and Honoring' Intervention Benefits Families After Acute Care Patient Death

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Bathing and Honoring a patient who's died "provides a final positive experience for family members and allows them to begin the grieving process."

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

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Sometimes communication barriers cannot be broken until the patient, the family, and the nurse find a common ground together.

Support team aids decision-making by caregivers of terminal cancer patients

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Researchers devised an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions.

Early initiation of palliative care support improves caregiver quality of life and patient survival

Early initiation of palliative care support improves caregiver quality of life and patient survival

The earlier a specific phone-based, palliative care support program can be introduced to caregivers, the better they will be able to cope with the caregiving experience, according to research conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing investigators.

The Healing Arts Program at Montefiore: A collaboration that heals patients and nurses

The Healing Arts Program at Montefiore: A collaboration that heals patients and nurses

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A major medical center in New York City uses a program of arts and music to help patients through their treatments. The program is even being used to give nurses a chance to de-stress.

Peter Rabbit and Mrs. McGregor's pie: Facing a cancer prognosis

Peter Rabbit and Mrs. McGregor's pie: Facing a cancer prognosis

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Have you had a patient or family of a patient who seem to know the diagnosis and prognosis, yet they react as if they do not completely understand? How do you handle a situation like that?

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