Quality of life and burden in family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer in active treatment settings and hospice care: A comparative study

Roberta Spatuzzi, Maria Velia Giulietti, Marcello Ricciuti, Fabiana Merico, Cristina Meloni, Paolo Fabbietti, Marica Ottaviani, Cristiano Violani, Claudia Cormio, Anna Vespa

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate caregiver burden and quality of life (QoL) in active treatment settings and hospice care for 76 family caregivers of advanced cancer patients, using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form and the Caregiver Burden Inventory. Compared to the active group, the hospice group reported significantly lower QoL scores in mental component summary score and higher scores in general health subscale and in physical component summary score. Future research needs to further investigate the complexities of caregivers’ needs, especially in the emotional and mental domains, and offer effective, clinically proven interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-283
Number of pages8
JournalDeath Studies
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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