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Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer.

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Heckel, L; Fennell, KM; Reynolds, J; Osborne, RH; Chirgwin, J; Botti, M; Ashley, DM; Livingston, PM
Published in: Eur J Cancer
September 2015

AIMS: The aims of this analysis were to examine levels of unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer and to identify groups who may be at higher risk, by examining relationships with demographic characteristics. METHODS: One hundred and fifty dyads of people newly diagnosed with cancer and their carers, aged 18 years and older, were recruited from four Australian hospitals. People with cancer receiving adjuvant cancer treatment with curative intent, were eligible to participate. Carers completed the Supportive Care Needs Survey-Partners & Caregivers (SCNS-P&C45), and both carers and patients completed the Centre of Epidemiologic-Depression Scale (CES-D). RESULTS: Overall, 57% of carers reported at least one, 37% at least three, 31% at least five, and 15% at least 10 unmet needs; the most commonly endorsed unmet needs were in the domains of information and health care service needs. Thirty percent of carers and 36% of patients were at risk of clinical depression. A weak to moderate positive relationship was observed between unmet needs and carer depression (r=0.30, p<0.001). Carer levels of unmet needs were significantly associated with carer age, hospital type, treatment type, cancer type, living situation, relationship status (in both uni- and multi-factor analysis); person with cancer age and carer level of education (in unifactor analysis only); but not with carer gender or patient gender (in both uni- and multi-factor analyses). CONCLUSION: Findings highlight the importance of developing tailored programmes to systematically assist carers who are supporting patients through the early stages of cancer treatment.

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Eur J Cancer

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1879-0852

Publication Date

September 2015

Volume

51

Issue

14

Start / End Page

2049 / 2057

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Victoria
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Assessment
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Neoplasms
  • Needs Assessment
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
 

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Heckel, L., Fennell, K. M., Reynolds, J., Osborne, R. H., Chirgwin, J., Botti, M., … Livingston, P. M. (2015). Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer. Eur J Cancer, 51(14), 2049–2057. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2015.06.129
Heckel, L., K. M. Fennell, J. Reynolds, R. H. Osborne, J. Chirgwin, M. Botti, D. M. Ashley, and P. M. Livingston. “Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer.Eur J Cancer 51, no. 14 (September 2015): 2049–57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2015.06.129.
Heckel L, Fennell KM, Reynolds J, Osborne RH, Chirgwin J, Botti M, et al. Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer. Eur J Cancer. 2015 Sep;51(14):2049–57.
Heckel, L., et al. “Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer.Eur J Cancer, vol. 51, no. 14, Sept. 2015, pp. 2049–57. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2015.06.129.
Heckel L, Fennell KM, Reynolds J, Osborne RH, Chirgwin J, Botti M, Ashley DM, Livingston PM. Unmet needs and depression among carers of people newly diagnosed with cancer. Eur J Cancer. 2015 Sep;51(14):2049–2057.
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Published In

Eur J Cancer

DOI

EISSN

1879-0852

Publication Date

September 2015

Volume

51

Issue

14

Start / End Page

2049 / 2057

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Young Adult
  • Victoria
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Assessment
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Neoplasms
  • Needs Assessment
  • Middle Aged
  • Male