Cancer Caregivers Advocate a Patient- and Family-Centered Approach to Advance Care Planning
Natasha Michael, Clare O'Callaghan, Angela Baird, Nathaniel Hiscock, Josephine Clayton
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014
CONTEXT: Cancer caregivers have important roles in delivering practical, emotional, and end-of-life support to patients; however, they express multiple unmet needs, particularly information on future care planning. Early regular communication and decision making may improve access to timely information, alleviate anxiety, reduce uncertainty, and improve coping strategies. OBJECTIVES: This study examines how cancer caregivers view advance care planning (ACP) to inform an ACP program in an Australian cancer center. METHODS: This study used a qualitative descriptive design with grounded theory overtones. Eighteen caregivers of patients from lung and gastrointestinal tumor streams participated i..View full abstract
This study was supported by the Department of Health Victoria. The research team was independent from the funders. The authors declare no conflicts of interest.