Caregiver burden: An increasing problem related to an aging cancer population

Leontien Jansen*, Stephanie Dauphin, Tine De Burghgraeve, Birgitte Schoenmakers, Frank Buntinx, Marjan van den Akker

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Abstract

This prospective cohort study identified risk factors for the development of caregiver burden and included older cancer survivors, middle-aged cancer survivors, older patients without cancer and their caregivers. Overall, more than 16 per cent of caregivers experienced high-to-severe burden at baseline. This proportion remained stable after 1 and 3 years. Caregivers who experienced increased caregiver burden at baseline were at higher risk maintaining their caregiver burden over the following years. Caregiver burden was not related to the cancer diagnosis but rather to the baseline psychosocial well-being of both the caregiver and patient and the physical condition of the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1833-1849
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume26
Issue number11
Early online date9 Dec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • cancer
  • family
  • older person
  • risk factors
  • well-being
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • GENDER-DIFFERENCES
  • OLDER-ADULTS
  • INFORMAL CAREGIVERS
  • DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS
  • FAMILY CAREGIVERS
  • HEALTH
  • LONELINESS
  • INTERVIEW
  • DEMENTIA

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