Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer

Heckel, L., Fennell, K. M., Reynolds, J., Osborne, R. H., Chirgwin, J., Botti, M., Ashley, D. M. and Livingston, P. M. 2015, Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer, European Journal of Cancer, vol. 51, no. 14, pp. 2049-2057.

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Title Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer
Author(s) Heckel, L.
Fennell, K. M.
Reynolds, J.
Osborne, R. H.ORCID iD for Osborne, R. H. orcid.org/0000-0002-9081-2699
Chirgwin, J.
Botti, M.ORCID iD for Botti, M. orcid.org/0000-0002-2782-0987
Ashley, D. M.
Livingston, P. M.ORCID iD for Livingston, P. M. orcid.org/0000-0001-6616-3839
Journal name European Journal of Cancer
Volume number 51
Issue number 14
Start page 2049
End page 2057
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1879-0852
Keyword(s) Cancer
Unmet needs
Summary AIMS: The aims of this analysis were to examine levels of unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer and to identify groups who may be at higher risk, by examining relationships with demographic characteristics. METHODS: One hundred and fifty dyads of people newly diagnosed with cancer and their carers, aged 18years and older, were recruited from four Australian hospitals. People with cancer receiving adjuvant cancer treatment with curative intent, were eligible to participate. Carers completed the Supportive Care Needs Survey-Partners & Caregivers (SCNS-P&C45), and both carers and patients completed the Centre of Epidemiologic-Depression Scale (CES-D). RESULTS: Overall, 57% of carers reported at least one, 37% at least three, 31% at least five, and 15% at least 10 unmet needs; the most commonly endorsed unmet needs were in the domains of information and health care service needs. Thirty percent of carers and 36% of patients were at risk of clinical depression. A weak to moderate positive relationship was observed between unmet needs and carer depression (r=0.30, p<0.001). Carer levels of unmet needs were significantly associated with carer age, hospital type, treatment type, cancer type, living situation, relationship status (in both uni- and multi-factor analysis); person with cancer age and carer level of education (in unifactor analysis only); but not with carer gender or patient gender (in both uni- and multi-factor analyses). CONCLUSION: Findings highlight the importance of developing tailored programmes to systematically assist carers who are supporting patients through the early stages of cancer treatment.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
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