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A Qualitative Study on Cancer Care Burden: Experiences of Iranian Family Caregivers

A Qualitative Study on Cancer Care Burden: Experiences of Iranian Family Caregivers The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of Iranian family caregivers with regard to the burden of caregiving. This is in the context of illuminating and identifying the experiences of family members from different contextual perspectives. In this qualitative study, purposive sampling was conducted in 2016. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and were analyzed using content analysis. Data analysis identified 4 categories and 8 subcategories: (1) burnout (physical problems and psychoemotional stress), (2) role conflict (balancing caring roles and family responsibilities; failure in professional or educational roles), (3) health system tensions (inadequate support from health professionals; ignorance of family members in health structure), and (4) social challenges of cancer (economic burden; taboo of cancer). In conclusion, nurses need to provide individualized support and counseling that address the sources of burden. This highlights the benefit of training health care professionals to provide culturally sensitive support based on family caregivers' needs and circumstances. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Holistic Nursing Practice Wolters Kluwer Health

A Qualitative Study on Cancer Care Burden: Experiences of Iranian Family Caregivers

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Publisher
Wolters Kluwer Health
Copyright
© 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0887-9311
eISSN
1550-5138
DOI
10.1097/HNP.0000000000000309
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of Iranian family caregivers with regard to the burden of caregiving. This is in the context of illuminating and identifying the experiences of family members from different contextual perspectives. In this qualitative study, purposive sampling was conducted in 2016. Data were collected using semistructured interviews and were analyzed using content analysis. Data analysis identified 4 categories and 8 subcategories: (1) burnout (physical problems and psychoemotional stress), (2) role conflict (balancing caring roles and family responsibilities; failure in professional or educational roles), (3) health system tensions (inadequate support from health professionals; ignorance of family members in health structure), and (4) social challenges of cancer (economic burden; taboo of cancer). In conclusion, nurses need to provide individualized support and counseling that address the sources of burden. This highlights the benefit of training health care professionals to provide culturally sensitive support based on family caregivers' needs and circumstances.

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Holistic Nursing PracticeWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Feb 1, 2019

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