Cancer in the Aging: What Are We Doing to Family Caregivers? : Cancer Nursing

The role of family caregivers has been a concern to oncology nurses providing cancer care for several decades and for nurse researchers as well. Researchers have added to our knowledge about needs of family caregivers by examining caregiver coping, burden, and depression; caregiver roles and tasks of care; and hours of caregiving. Much of the existing research, including systematic reviews, focuses on patients younger than 65 years and their caregivers who are also younger than 65 years.1,2 Despite these research efforts, we have much to learn about what is supportive of caregivers of older cancer patients. We need to continue our advocacy and research efforts.

via Cancer in the Aging: What Are We Doing to Family Caregivers? : Cancer Nursing.

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