Family caregiving experiences with hospice lung cancer patients compared to other cancer types

Debra Parker Oliver, George Demiris, Jacquelyn Benson, Patrick White, Audrey Wallace, Kyle Pitzer, Karla Washington

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Abstract

Background: Family caregivers of cancer patients are very involved in communication with healthcare teams; however, little is known about their experiences. Limited information is known about how the type of cancer patients have impact caregiving experiences. Objectives: This study seeks to compare the caregiving experience of caregivers of hospice lung cancer patients with hospice caregivers of patients with all other cancer types. Method: This study is based on a secondary analysis of data generated from a parent study evaluating a behavioral intervention with caregivers of hospice cancer patients. Results: When comparing caregiving experiences by patient diagnosis, significant differences were found in caregivers of hospice lung cancer demographics and experiences with caregiver-centered communication. Specifically, caregivers of lung cancer patients have significantly more trouble with exchange of information, fostering relationships, and decision making with their hospice team. Conclusion: More research is needed to understand the impact of lung cancer on caregiver centered communication and the necessary interventions required to address these issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-225
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • behavioral health
  • cancer type
  • caregiving
  • family
  • lung
  • lung cancer
  • palliative care

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