Family Caregivers


Caregiving an elder with cancer has the potential to be rewarding and meaningful but is often described as burdensome and overwhelming because caregiver needs are frequently unmet. As the provision of care has transitioned from the hospital to outpatient settings, family caregivers have take responsibility for the day-to-day care of their ill loved ones at home [1–4]. Despite the fact that caring for a loved one at home is technologically more complex than in the past, managed care and other reimbursement restrictions on hospital and home care services have forced family caregivers to provide care to family members with little support.


Palliative Care Adult Child Family Caregiver Informal Caregiver Caregiver Burden 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nurse Practitioner, Cancer Support Team, Ireland Cancer CenterUniversity Hospitals of ClevelandClevelandUSA
  2. 2.City of Hope National Medical CenterDuarteUSA

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