Title

Challenges Experienced By Informal Caregivers In Cancer

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Cancer Council Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Comments

This article was originally published as : Currow, D., Aoun, S., Johnson, C., & Girgis, A. (2006, March). Challenges experienced by informal caregivers in cancer. In Cancer Forum (Vol. 30, No. 1, p. 21). Original article available here

Abstract

Evidence from the literature highlights the significant negative impact of care giving on the physical, mental andfinancial aspects of caregivers’ lives. It also reinforces the importance of reducing the barriers to meeting the unmet needs of caregivers and that research priorities in intervention development need to focus on reducing the negative aspects of care giving. Increased assistance to caregivers needs to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills,income security, job protection and other supports to provide care, while maintaining their own health and well-being throughout the dying and grieving process. This is particularly important in light of the predicted shortfall in the number in caregivers and especially as caregivers are increasingly replacing skilled health workers in the delivery of unfamiliar, complex cancer care at home.