Feasibility and acceptability of distress screening for family caregivers at a cancer surgery center Journal Article


Authors: Shaffer, K. M.; Benvengo, S.; Zaleta, A. K.; Levine, M.; Bellantoni, C.; Dannaoui, A.; Buzaglo, J. S.; Applebaum, A. J.
Article Title: Feasibility and acceptability of distress screening for family caregivers at a cancer surgery center
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility and acceptability of a validated electronic distress screening program for cancer caregivers. SAMPLE & SETTING: 17 informal caregivers presenting with a patient with cancer to an ambulatory cancer surgery center. METHODS & VARIABLES: Caregivers completed the CancerSupportSourceĀ®-Caregiver screening and a brief semistructured interview concerning the screening. RESULTS: Caregivers described the screening as straightforward and comprehensive. They endorsed concerns about their self-care needs but were most likely to request information or a referral for patient-focused concerns. Referrals generated from the program are likely viably addressed with existing supportive care resources. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Brief, caregiver-focused distress screening is perceived positively by caregivers. Caregivers indicated that they felt it validated the importance of their role and highlighted the hospital's efforts to continually improve care. This screening program may be particularly beneficial in ambulatory surgical centers to efficiently identify caregivers with concerns and provide a point of entry to remediate these concerns.
Keywords: feasibility study; supportive care; caregivers; unmet needs; distress screening
Journal Title: Oncology Nursing Forum
Volume: 46
Issue: 2
ISSN: 0190-535X
Publisher: Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)  
Date Published: 2019-03-01
Start Page: 159
End Page: 169
Language: English
DOI: 10.1188/19.Onf.159-169
PUBMED: 30767970
PROVIDER: scopus
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  1. Courtney Elizabeth Elms
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  2. Kelly M Shaffer
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  3. Marcia R Levine
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