Cancer and caregiving: The impact on the caregiver's health

C Nijboer*, R Sanderman, M Triemstra, RJ Spruijt, GAM Van den Bos

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Abstract

A diagnosis of cancer affects not only the patient but also their significant others, especially when a lot of care tasks are involved. Some caregivers perceive the care as a burden, while others consider it a challenge. In this article, findings concerning the impact of cancer caregiving on informal caregivers will be described. No consistent results are reported, and little is known about patterns of caregiving changes in relation to the course of the patient's illness. Attention will be given to factors which have been identified as influencing the course and consequences of caregiving. These factors form the basis of a conceptual research model for caregivers of cancer patients. As cancer progresses, care tasks are generated, which can be perceived by the caregiver as either negative (i.e. burden) or positive. Furthermore, these caregiver experiences may lead to negative as well as positive effects on the caregiver's health and these relationships can be assumed to be bidirectional. (C) 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalPsycho-oncology
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • FAMILY CAREGIVERS
  • GENDER DIFFERENCES
  • SOCIAL SUPPORT
  • BURDEN
  • CARE
  • STRAIN
  • DEMENTIA
  • STRESS
  • OUTCOMES
  • OLDER

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