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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2012 Nov;28(4):236-45. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2012.09.006.

The impact of caregiving on the psychological well-being of family caregivers and cancer patients.

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University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. lnortho@umich.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide an overview of patient and caregiver emotional distress; examine the sources of their distress, review evidence-based interventions that can reduce distress, and provide guidelines for assessment and intervention.

DATA SOURCES:

Peer-reviewed publications.

CONCLUSION:

There is a significant, reciprocal relationship between patient and caregiver emotional distress. Sources of distress vary by phase of illness. Evidence-based interventions can reduce distress and anxiety, but often are not implemented in practice.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Nurses need to assess patients and family caregivers for distress and intervene to reduce distress by fostering patient-caregiver teamwork, communication, and self-care; providing information; and referring to resources as needed.

PMID:
23107181
DOI:
10.1016/j.soncn.2012.09.006
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