Family caregivers for cancer patients

Nurin Hazirah Othman, Zuria Mahmud, Dharatun Nissa Fuad Mohd Karim

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Abstract

Non formal, especially family caregivers are the most vital support for cancer patients in their healing process. However, caregivers are the least known, informed, and researched of all groups of people surrounding cancer patients. Tenfamily members are individually interviewed on their phenomenal experience in caring for cancer patients. Common themes that emerged from the interviews include financial, social emotions, and physical challenges. Financial problems rooted from unemployment as caregivers have to spent time looking after their sick family members. Social emotional problems included perception from society on their unemployment and family relationship issues. Caregivers also experienced physical strains as they put aside their well being in caring for others. However, caregivers have their own coping skills which included positive outlook and family support. Understanding of caregivers experiences is important for mental health professionals, medical team attending to the patients, and the public at large. Results of this study suggests further assistance and guidance for caregivers in carrying their responsibilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1521-1526
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • Cancer patients
  • Caregivers
  • Counselors
  • Family

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Family caregivers for cancer patients. / Othman, Nurin Hazirah; Mahmud, Zuria; Karim, Dharatun Nissa Fuad Mohd.

In: Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, Vol. 10, No. 6, 01.06.2019, p. 1521-1526.

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Othman, Nurin Hazirah ; Mahmud, Zuria ; Karim, Dharatun Nissa Fuad Mohd. / Family caregivers for cancer patients. In: Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. 2019 ; Vol. 10, No. 6. pp. 1521-1526.
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