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What factors are associated with posttraumatic growth in head and neck cancer carers?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Linda Sharp


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Purpose: Researchers have recently called for more work to be conducted on positive outcomes and head and neck cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors associated with posttraumatic growth in head and neck cancer caregivers.Methods and sample: 197 carers were surveyed. A descriptive cross-sectional survey design was used.Results: In multivariate analysis the following factors were statistically significantly associated with increased posttraumatic growth: social support, longer time since diagnosis, increased worry about cancer and increased financial stress and strain stemming from caring.Conclusions: While HNC carers in the post-treatment phase of the illness trajectory can experience considerable psychological burdens, this study suggests that these burdens can lead some carers to experience growth and change and an expanded sense of themselves and their social worlds. Implications for nursing practice are discussed. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Balfe M, O' Brien K, Timmons A, Butow P, O' Sullivan E, Gooberman-Hill R, Sharp L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Oncology Nursing

Year: 2016

Volume: 21

Pages: 31-37

Print publication date: 01/04/2016

Online publication date: 05/01/2016

Acceptance date: 24/11/2015

ISSN (print): 1462-3889

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2122

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2015.11.005


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