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

Myles Balfe, K O'Brien, Aileen Timmons, P Butow, E O'Sullivan, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Linda Sharp

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume21
Early online date5 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Head & neck cancer
  • Carer
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Psychosocial

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