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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.
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
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
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