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Health Care Professionals' Perspectives of the Experiences of Family Caregivers During In-Patient Cancer Care
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Family Nursing, ISSN 1074-8407, E-ISSN 1552-549X, Vol. 20, no 4, 462-486 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Being a family member of a patient who is being treated in an acute care setting for cancer often involves a number of challenges. Our study describes Norwegian cancer care health professionals' perceptions of family members who served as family caregivers (FCs) and their need for support during the in-hospital cancer treatment of their ill family member. Focus group discussions were conducted with a multidisciplinary team of 24 experienced social workers, physicians, and nurses who were closely involved in the patients' in-hospital cancer treatment and care. Drawing on qualitative hermeneutic analysis, four main themes describe health professionals' perceptions of FCs during the patient's in-hospital cancer care: an asset and additional burden, infinitely strong and struggling with helplessness, being an outsider in the center of care, and being in different temporalities. We conclude that it is a challenge for health care professionals to support the family and create room for FC's needs in acute cancer care. System changes are needed in health care, so that the patient/FC dyad is viewed as a unit of care in a dual process of caregiving, which would enable FCs to be given space and inclusion in care, with their own needs simultaneously considered alongside those of the patient.

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2014. Vol. 20, no 4, 462-486 p.
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family-focused care, health care professional's perceptions of family, family caregivers, cancer, in-patient cancer care, Norway
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158418DOI: 10.1177/1074840714556179ISI: 000345461800005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84911981774OAI: diva2:776209

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