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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2001 Oct;28(9):1469-74.

Caregiver burden and symptom distress in people with cancer receiving hospice care.

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H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute in Tampa, FL, USA. andrews@moffitt.usf.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To examine the relationship between caregiver burden and symptom distress in patients with terminal cancer who are enrolled in hospice.

DESIGN:

Descriptive, quantitative.

SETTING:

A large, metropolitan, nonprofit-based organization in west central Florida.

SAMPLE:

Convenience sample of 30 patient-caregiver dyads enrolled in hospice.

METHODS:

Caregivers completed the Caregiver Reaction Scale to measure the level of caregiver burden; patients completed the Adopted Symptom Distress Scale. Results were correlated using a Pearson correlation.

MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES:

Symptom distress and caregiver burden.

FINDINGS:

The patient sample exhibited low symptom distress, and the caregiver sample exhibited moderate caregiver burden. A statistically significant moderate correlation existed between symptom distress and caregiver burden.

CONCLUSIONS:

The significant moderate correlation confirms the idea that caregiver burden and patient symptom distress are related. Future studies are needed to obtain a more representative sample of caregivers of patients closer to death, even if those patients are nonresponsive.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

This information can assist hospice nurses in assessing and formulating targeted care for symptom distress and caregiver burden in their patients,

PMID:
11683316
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