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Young, J.

A systematic review on the factors associated with positive experiences in carers of someone with cancer

The aim of this review was to identify the factors associated with positive experiences in non‚Äźprofessional carers of someone with a cancer diagnosis. A systematic search of the following electronic databases was undertaken: Cochrane Library, CINAHL, PsycINFO, SocINDEX and Medline. Literature was searched using terms relating to cancer, caring and positive experiences. Additional records were identified through a manual search of relevant reference lists. The search included studies published in English from 1990 to June 2015.

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 15:44

Coping with newly diagnosed upper gastrointestinal cancer: a longitudinal qualitative study of family caregivers' role perception and supportive care needs

Background: Family caregivers of patients with poor prognosis upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers are at high risk of experiencing psychological distress and carer burden. The early postoperative period is a time of high patient care needs and transition of care, with carers new to the caring role. This study aimed to explore the experiences of family caregivers of people diagnosed with upper GI cancer after surgical intervention to (1) identify their unmet supportive care needs and (2) investigate how family caregivers perceive their role during this time.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: More than a lung disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unique among leading causes of death in Western society. While the impact of other major diseases are on the decline, the prevalence, associated morbidity and attributable mortality of COPD continue to rise. The emotional burdens to patients and care-givers and financial burdens of COPD to our healthcare system are substantial. The traditional biomedical approach to COPD is failing with its focus on the underlying pathophysiology, and treatment of acute exacerbations.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10