Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
Balfe, M;O'Brien, KM;Timmons, A;Butow, P;O'Sullivan, E;Gooberman-Hill, R;Sharp, L
2018
March
European Journal of Cancer Care
Informal caregiving in head and neck cancer: caregiving activities and psychological well-being
Validated
WOS: 8 ()
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QUALITY-OF-LIFE FAMILY CAREGIVERS FINANCIAL STRESS DISTRESS SURVIVORS HEALTH CARERS BURDEN STRAIN INDIVIDUALS
27
The purpose of this study was to quantify the general cancer support activities that long-term carers of head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors engage in; and the relationships between these care activities and psychological well-being. Respondents answered a survey detailing their caring activities, the amount of time that they spent on those activities and how comfortable they felt engaging in them. Psychological well-being was assessed by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales-21. A total of 197 carers took part in the study. The majority (76%) were women, mean age 57.4. Mean time since diagnosis was 6.2years. In the past month, 45% of carers did not spend any extra time per week helping their relative/friend with general caring activities such as cleaning the house; 31% spent 1-19hr/week and 23% spent 20 or more hours/week doing so. Most carers were comfortable assisting their relative/friend, though more carers felt uncomfortable assisting with HNC-specific support tasks (31% uncomfortable helping with medication) compared with general support tasks (7% uncomfortable helping with appointments). Feeling uncomfortable with head and neck-specific care tasks was a significant predictor of experiencing depression and anxiety.
HOBOKEN
0961-5423
10.1111/ecc.12520
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