Title

Relationship Quality and Burden among Caregivers for Late-stage Cancer Patients

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2010

Publication Title

Supporting Care Cancer

Abstract

Objective This study explores how caregiver relationship quality with family, patient, and patient’s health care provider (HCP) is associated with subjective caregiver burden during the early treatment phase for late-stage cancer. Method Burden and relationship quality were assessed in telephone interviews with family caregivers (FCGs) of advanced cancer patients. The five subscales of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment measured burden, while relationships were measured with the Family Relationship Index, the Family Inventory of Needs subscale of met needs, and a scale assessing family discord in cancer communication. Results Multiple linear regression analyses in SPSS (v16) of 420 FCGs showed that higher quality relationship with family was associated with lower burden in FCG abandonment, health, scheduling (p

Original Citation

Linda E. Francis & Julie Worthington & Georgios Kypriotakis & Julia H. Rose. (2010). Relationship Quality and Burden among Caregivers for Late-stage Cancer Patients. Supporting Care Cancer, 18, 1429-1436, doi: 10.1007/s00520-009-0765-5.

DOI

10.1007/s00520-009-0765-5

Volume

18