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Perz, J.

Positive and Negative Interactions With Health Professionals

Background: Empathic and informative interactions with health professionals are important for the well-being of people with cancer. However, there is a dearth of research examining the construction and experience of interactions with health professionals from the perspective of informal cancer carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

The Gendered Construction and Experience of Difficulties and Rewards in Cancer Care

Women cancer carers have consistently been found to report higher levels of distress than men carers. However, there is little understanding of the mechanisms underlying these gender differences in distress, and a neglect of rewarding aspects of care. We conducted in-depth semistructured interviews with 53 informal cancer carers, 34 women and 19 men, to examine difficult and rewarding aspects of cancer care. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the transcripts.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:18

Evaluating the efficacy of psycho-social interventions for informal carers of cancer patients: a systematic review of the research literature

Recognition that informal cancer carers experience unmet needs and psychological distress has led to the development of a range of psycho-social interventions. The efficacy of such interventions is examined through a systematic review of the research literature, following National Health and Medical Research Council and Cochrane Collaboration guidelines. Of 13 level II randomised controlled trials (RCTs), only eight showed significant differences across groups, with moderate effect size.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Strength through adversity: Bereaved cancer carers' accounts of rewards and personal growth from caring

Many studies have identified negative and distressing consequences experienced by informal cancer carers, but less attention has been given to positive and beneficial aspects of caring. This qualitative study examined the positive aspects of caring as subjectively constructed by bereaved informal cancer carers, a group of individuals who are in a position to make sense of their caring experiences as a coherent whole.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12