The experience of research participation for family caregivers of palliative care cancer patients.
Int J Palliat Nurs | Published : 2003
There have been concerns raised regarding the ethical merit of involving dying patients and family caregivers as research participants. This study sought feedback from 103 primary family caregivers who had participated in a longitudinal research project. Caregivers were sent a questionnaire regarding the benefits and negative aspects associated with participating in research while also supporting or having supported a relative dying of cancer. The study identified that almost three quarters (71.1%) of the 45 respondents reported benefits of being involved in research and the majority (88.9%) cited no negative aspects associated with research participation. Findings of the study suggest that ..View full abstract