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Understanding burden in caregivers of colorectal cancer survivors: what role do patient and caregiver factors play?

Maguire, Rebecca, Hanly, Paul, Hyland, Philip and Sharp, Linda (2016) Understanding burden in caregivers of colorectal cancer survivors: what role do patient and caregiver factors play? European Journal Of Cancer Care. ISSN 1365-2354

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Abstract

This study investigated how both caregiver and patient factors predict different aspects of burden in colorectal cancer caregivers. One hundred and fifty-three caregiver–survivor dyads separately provided information on patient disease and treatment-related factors, and perceived global health status (EORTC QLQ30), along with caregiver socio-demographic factors, health and care-related activities. Four multiple regression analyses were conducted to assess the influence of caregiver characteristics, patient characteristics and care-related activities on four dimensions of burden from the Caregiver Reaction Assessment scale. Caregiver characteristics significantly predicted health and financial burden (11%–13% of explained variance) with comorbidity and younger age increasing this risk. Patient health, in particular global health status and the presence of a stoma, predicted all burden scores, explaining 14%–22% of variance. Care-related activities was also a significant predictor of all burden scores, explaining an additional 5%–11% of variance, with time involved in caring the most consistent predictor. Results highlight that a combination of factors influence caregiver burden. These results may be used to identify those most at risk, allowing practitioners to deliver tailored effective support. In particular, efforts to alleviate the burden of caring on caregiver schedule may be merited, given that this was the domain in which the burden was greatest.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Life sciences > Medical sciences > Pathology > Tumors > Cancer
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Non Profit Organisations. Voluntary Sector. > Carers
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 10:22
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2016 14:06
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1928

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