Supporting informal caregivers of people with advanced cancer: a literature review

Ugalde, Anna, Krishnasamy, Meinir and Schofield, Penelope 2011, Supporting informal caregivers of people with advanced cancer: a literature review, Australian journal of cancer nursing, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 12-16.

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Title Supporting informal caregivers of people with advanced cancer: a literature review
Author(s) Ugalde, AnnaORCID iD for Ugalde, Anna
Krishnasamy, Meinir
Schofield, Penelope
Journal name Australian journal of cancer nursing
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 12
End page 16
Total pages 5
Publisher Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
Place of publication Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 1441-2551
Summary Informal carers are people who provide care without a specific professional role. They provide diverse caregiving supports including disease-related problems, side effects of treatment and psychosocial impacts. This paper reports on a comprehensive review of caregiving literature, focusing specifically on cancer caregivers. The paper presents five observations drawn from the literature in order to make recommendations about how caregivers of people with advanced cancer can best be supported. The observations are: 1) caregivers are a heterogeneous group; 2) they have unique needs that differ to the patient; 3) their role includes more than attending to physical caregiving tasks; 4) they may feel unable to take a break from the role and 5) they need their own support which may be beneficial to their capacity to continue in the caregiving role. Recommendations for how health professionals can assist in supporting caregivers in their role are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920202 Carer Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
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