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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2006 Feb;22(1):43-50.

Family care for the older person with cancer.

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College of Nursing, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA. bgiven@msu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the needs of family members of older persons undergoing cancer treatment and to examine the interventions designed to alleviate caregiver distress.

DATA SOURCES:

Research studies and published articles.

CONCLUSION:

Interventions to reduce distress for caregivers of older persons with cancer have the potential to lower patients' hospital re-admissions and interruptions in cancer treatment and to improve patients' and caregivers emotional health.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Oncology practitioners must consider the needs of family caregivers when planning and implementing interventions to improve or maintain caregiver health.

PMID:
16458182
DOI:
10.1016/j.soncn.2005.10.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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