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J Nurs Scholarsh. 2004;36(3):214-9.

Testing the efficacy of a creative-arts intervention with family caregivers of patients with cancer.

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Barry University School of Nursing, Research Clinician, South Miami Hospital, FL, USA. swalsh@mail.barry.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To test the efficacy of a creative arts intervention (CAI) with family caregivers of patients with cancer.

DESIGN:

A pre-posttest quasi-experimental design, with participation in the CAI as the independent variable and stress, anxiety, and emotions as the dependent variables.

METHOD:

The 6-month study was implemented at a regional cancer treatment center with family caregivers. The CAI consisted of several creative arts activities designed for delivery at the bedside.

FINDINGS:

Forty family caregivers reported significantly reduced stress, lowered anxiety, and increased positive emotions following CAI participation.

CONCLUSIONS:

The CAI promoted short-term well being in this family caregiver sample. Caregivers also increased positive communication with cancer patients and health care providers while expressing delight over their handmade pieces of art.

PMID:
15495489
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