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Understanding of Health-related Decision-making Terminology Among Cancer Caregivers

Background: Research on understanding health-related decision-making terminology among family caregivers of adults living with advanced cancer is lacking. Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine interpretations of the meaning of health-related decision-making terminology such as quality-of-life and end-of-life among caregivers of adults living with advanced cancer as a basis for improved understanding of caregiver decision support needs. Methods: Interviews were conducted with a purposive sub-sample of 10 caregivers of adults diagnosed with advanced cancer who completed a longitudinal, descriptive study (NRO14856) of factors influencing cancer care decisions. Audio transcripts were analyzed using qualitative descriptive methods. Findings: Caregivers described interpretations of the meaning and process of decision-making and decision-related distress. Caregivers were uncertain about the meaning of end-of-life-related terminology, and a placed high value on quality-of-life and faith/spirituality in the decision-making process. Conclusions: Improvements in information and decision support interventions are needed to better support caregivers and subsequently patients towards informed cancer care decisions.

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Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
Sage
ISBN/ISSN
01939459
Publication Year
2021
Issue Number
7
Journal Titles
Western Journal of Nursing Research
Volume Number
43
Start Page
649
End Page
659