Qualidade de vida e sobrecarga do cuidador informal principal do doente oncológico em diferentes fases de tratamento

Translated title of the contribution: Oncological patients main caregiver quality of life and burden in different treatment stages

Isália Miguel, João Freire, Manuel Luís Capelas

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Abstract

Aim: Evaluate the quality of life (QoL), burden and distress of cancer patients’ care-givers in three stages of cancer treatment. Methods: Analytical study of 90 caregivers of patients in curative treatment, pallia-tive chemotherapy and symptomatic. Scales used: Zarit Burden Interview, Caregiver QoL Index – Cancer (CQOLC) Scale and Distress Thermometer. Results: Caregiver profile: women, median age 45,5 years, spouse/daughter. Increase in burden and distress levels, and lower QoL as treatment progresses. Burden was moderate, QoL lower than reported in other studies and distress high, with a large component of emotional problems and physical problems in caregivers of patients in symptomatic treatment.Conclusion: Regular assessment of caregiver should be included in the treatment plan of the patient since the beginning of treatment.
Translated title of the contributionOncological patients main caregiver quality of life and burden in different treatment stages
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Oncologia
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Caregiver burden
  • Quality of life
  • Distress
  • Palliative care

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