Effects of an individualized caregiver training intervention on self-efficacy of cancer caregivers.


Journal Article

Caring for older cancer patients after hospital discharge is challenging and many of their caregivers lack confidence to do so. This study investigated the effects of an individualized caregiver training program on self-efficacy in home care and symptom management. A total of 120 patient-caregiver dyads were randomly assigned to either the treatment (n = 60) or control group (n = 60). The training focused on prevention of infection, pain control, maintenance of nutrition and adequate elimination, and specific care issues identified by the caregiver. Control group received information about community-based resources. Results revealed a significant increase in self-efficacy after the training in the treatment group but not in the control group. No intervention effect was seen on caregiver's psychological well-being (depression, anxiety, and quality of life) and patient's physical symptoms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hendrix, CC; Landerman, R; Abernethy, AP

Published Date

  • May 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 590 - 610

PubMed ID

  • 21949091

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21949091

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8456

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0193-9459

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0193945911420742


  • eng