Caregivers

Delphi Panel Presents Recommendations for Expanding Role of Patients in Research

Delphi Panel Presents Recommendations for Expanding Role of Patients in Research

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A Delphi panel developed recommendations for integrating patients, as well as caregivers and advocate, a greater role in medical research while maintaining scientific integrity of studies.

Tool Addresses Well-being of Informal Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Tool Addresses Well-being of Informal Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

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In this study, researchers assessed a new tool designed to assess the well-being of cancer patients' informal caregivers.

The Caregivers' Cancer Journey

The Caregivers' Cancer Journey

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This installment demonstrates how the caregiver's cancer journey often parallels that of the patient with cancer, highlighting their need for evolving support through survivorship.

Study Suggests Greater Focus on the Needs of Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

Study Suggests Greater Focus on the Needs of Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

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Nurses can play a key role in assessing financial strain and involving social workers or financial counselors.

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

AMA Guide Highlights Importance of Caring for Caregivers

Clinicians have an important role to play in providing support and guidance for caregivers.

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

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Study presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting determined the feasibility of using a mindfulness intervention to improve quality of life and confidence in advance care planning discussions among patient-family caregiver dyads.

Radiotherapy-Induced Nausea, Vomiting Affect QOL for Patients, Caregivers Differently

Radiotherapy-Induced Nausea, Vomiting Affect QOL for Patients, Caregivers Differently

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Outcomes assessment of patients participating in several different trials quantified the effect of nausea and vomiting separately, and on both the patient and the caregiver.

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

The Role of the Oncology Nurse in an Effective Palliative Care Family Meeting

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A palliative care family meeting is an opportunity for the significant players in a patient's cancer journey to discuss the care plan. The oncology nurse has a pivotal role in ensuring the meeting effectively addresses any potential needs of the patient, caregiver, or family.

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

What SUPPORT Can Do for Families Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, offering these SUPPORT tips can help caregivers of patients with cancer make the most of the seasonal activities and the time with their loved ones.

Using Nutrition-Based Strategies to Manage Adverse Effects of Cancer

Using Nutrition-Based Strategies to Manage Adverse Effects of Cancer

Patients and caregivers are sure to ask for tips and advice on nutrition practices that can improve their cancer journey. This articles reviews recommendations for nurses and patients.

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.

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

Pain Management, Cancer Care at End-of-Life Improved by Caregiver Education, Training Intervention

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Novel intervention focuses on caregivers' beliefs, knowledge, and skills regarding home care for patients with cancer resulting in improved pain management and better overall care at the end of life.

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.

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

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Nurse navigators have the education, experience, and skill set to provide patients with effective palliative care, and to provide the family with the support they need.

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.

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients' and Caregivers' Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

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Oncology nurses face a difficult challenge in getting patients to consider palliative care because despite knowing that palliative care is comfort care, many patients and caregivers still equate it with end of life.

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.

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