Cancer caregivers advocate a patient- and family-centered approach to advance care planning

Natasha Michael, Clare O'Callaghan, Angela Baird, Nathaniel John Hiscock, Josephine Clayton

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1064 - 1077
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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