Dyadic growth is a phenomenon not limited to breast cancer or female patient couples and may represent a form of dyadic coping. Patients and partners seem to develop individual and dyadic growth, depending on a combination of gender and life threat. Psycho-oncology services may want to promote both couple level coping and support in order to optimize cancer care.
Preliminary evaluation of Coping-Together supported its practical approach and highlighted improvements to enhance its contribution to patient and partner coping.
Pilot estimates on non-medical economic burden among partner caregivers (spouses) during the initial phase of the treatment provide important information for comprehensive estimation of disease burden and can be used in cost-effectiveness analyses of prostate cancer interventions.
“I’D RATHER DIE than have a colostomy,” he said.“What about me? Would you rather I die than have a colostomy?” I asked.“Of course not,” my husband replied, rather automatically. My feelings were hurt. “I think I’m going to wear an ostomy pouch for a week; just to see what it’s like,” I said. “Would you have sex with me if I had one?”“We’d have to work things out,” he responded, not realizing the impact of his words.
Caregivers frequently experienced fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia.
Intimate Partner Violence in an Outpatient Palliative Care Setting
The most valued services are those that support carers in their caregiving role; however, supportive care preferences vary with the different circumstances of patients and carers.
Achieving high-quality, cost-effective medical care remains an elusive goal of the US health care system, but there is widespread agreement that patient-centered care will be a key ingredient.1 Yet for frail elders and patients with advanced illness, many of whom have multiple chronic diseases, patient-centered care is impossible without caregiver involvement.
Significance of results: Psychological interventions for caregivers should take into consideration gender differences and might benefit from addressing the process of finding meaning in caregiving.