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Family Caregivers of Cancer Patients: Perceived Burden and Symptoms During the Early Phases of Cancer Treatment
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
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2014 (English)In: Social work in health care, ISSN 0098-1389, Vol. 53, no 3, 289-309 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated levels of symptoms, caregiver burden, and changes over time in 278 family caregivers (FC) of cancer patients. FCs experienced high levels of depressive symptoms and sleep disturbance, low levels of fatigue, and low to moderate levels of caregiver burden, yet these symptoms remained relatively stable over time. Being female and not being employed were factors associated with an increased risk of symptoms and caregiver burden. The understanding evolving from this study can enhance social- and health care professionals' awareness of FCs' challenging situation and the potential impact this has on the FCs' ability to provide care to the patient.

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2014. Vol. 53, no 3, 289-309 p.
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fatigue, caregiver burden, family caregivers, sleep disturbance, depression, cancer patients
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-145090DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2013.873518ISI: 000334036100006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84897885751OAI: diva2:716314

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