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Psychooncology. 2005 Dec;14(12):1008-17.

Families of long-term cancer survivors: health maintenance advocacy and practice.

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  • 1Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-7124, USA.


Research on cancer and aging has addressed health maintenance issues for older adults in long-term cancer survivorship, but not their family members. The current study focused on two aspects of health maintenance for families: advocacy and practice. Regression analyses explored the effects of demographic characteristics and perceptions during diagnoses and treatments on family members' health maintenance in long-term survivorship. Family members were acting as health maintenance advocates for their surviving relatives. Advocacy was related to being a caregiver during diagnosis and treatment. In terms of their own health, family members were practicing a high number of health maintenance activities. Practice was associated with being a caregiver during diagnosis and treatment and with being older and White. Implications for interventions and future research with family members are discussed.

Copyright (c) 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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