Dyadic Interventions for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers: State of the Science and New Directions

Hoda Badr, J. Bakhshaie, Karishma Chhabria

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe caregiving and relationship challenges in cancer and the state of the science of dyadic interventions that target survivors and caregivers. Data Sources: Narrative review. Conclusion: Viewing the survivor-caregiver dyad as the unit of care may improve multiple aspects of survivor and caregiver quality of life. However, several questions remain regarding how, why, and for whom dyadic interventions are effective. Implications for Nursing Practice: Nurses should consider survivor, caregiver, and relationship needs when formulating supportive care protocols. Screening for survivor distress and extending distress screening to caregivers is an important first step in providing comprehensive psychosocial care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-341
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Oncology Nursing
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • caregivers
  • couples
  • dyadic interventions
  • psychological distress
  • quality of life
  • survivors

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