Conclusion Patients with cancer have a high prevalence of distress. Needs assessment can be performed quickly and inexpensively. However, the DT&PL was not cost effective in improving patient mood states. It is important to explore the reasons for this so that oncology units can design better services to support patients.
n a recent survey, 12 percent of website visitors to heart.org said that they were too busy taking care of others to take care of themselves. But, if you’re a busy mom or dad or the caregiver of a cardiac patient, caring for yourself is just as important as caring for your loved one(s).
Sleep quality was found to be the most significant predictor of quality of life in maternal caregivers.
Additional longitudinal study is needed to investigate the effectiveness of CBT-I interventions to improve self-care among hospice nurses who are at high risk for compassion fatigue and, subsequently, leaving hospice care.
via Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention – Oncology Nursing Forum – Volume 40, Number 5 / September 2013 – Oncology Nursing Society.
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.
Obtaining information, thinking about or doing something else, and actions on behalf of the parent with HD were rated as highest use and perceived helpfulness. Emotional suppression had high use but low helpfulness. Participants reported using numerous helpful strategies. Social support was often unavailable to help manage teen concerns.
Results suggest greater intervention efficacy among caregivers experiencing subjective stress.
via Subjective stressors moderate effectiveness of a multi-component, multi-site intervention on caregiver depression and burden – Hatch – 2013 – International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry – Wiley Online Library.
There are distinct predictors of change in PTG and subjective well-being among BC survivors, supporting the distinction between the trauma-specific process of PTG and well-being.
via Predicting changes in posttraumatic growth and subjective well-being among breast cancer survivors: the role of social support and stress – McDonough – 2013 – Psycho-Oncology – Wiley Online Library.
As caregiver burden increases, caregivers are more likely to have anxiety and depression. Depression severity also increases. Providing treatment to stroke survivors with spasticity that lessens the time and more importantly, the difficulty of caregiving may lead to a reduction in caregiver anxiety and depression.
German authors Koch, et al. (2013) recently published a systematic review of studies that addressed fear of recurrence. Their analysis revealed some interesting findings of note to oncology nurses who have ongoing contact with survivors.