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Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits

Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits
Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits
Background: Internationally there is interest in supporting selfmanagement, as a way of enhancing the quality of life of people living with illness and reducing the economic cost of care. This is the first study to examine the impact of carers on self-management behaviour by cancer
patients.

Methods: The research was an in-depth mixed methods study of
weight loss and eating difficulties in people with advanced cancer. The study participants included 32 patient-carer pairs receiving palliative home care in
the South of England in either 2003 or 2005. Semi-structured interviews were analysed using both content and thematic approaches, which revealed self-management of changing eating habits1. This paper reports an
interpretation of the way carers were found to impact on patient selfmanagement.

Results: All carers wanted to help patients and many were
troubled by uncertainty about the adequacy of their caregiving. However, patients gave examples both of carer behaviours that promoted selfmanagement and conversely of those that were experienced as disabling. This paper critiques the patient focus of most intervention that aims to support self-management. Drawing on the example of people with advanced cancer managing eating difficulties, it argues that self-management might best be facilitated using a family focused approach to supportive cancer care.

Conclusions: Further work is needed to establish the ways in which carers can be helped to support patient self-management.

Acknowledgement: The author would like to thank Macmillan Cancer Support UK for funding this study.
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Hopkinson, Jane B.
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Foster, Claire
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Roff, Liz
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Wright, David N.M.
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Hopkinson, Jane B., Foster, Claire, Roff, Liz and Wright, David N.M. (2008) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits. [in special issue: Abstracts of the 5th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care ] Palliative Medicine, 22, supplement 1, 417-418. (doi:10.1177/0269216308091582).

Record type: Meeting abstract

Abstract

Background: Internationally there is interest in supporting selfmanagement, as a way of enhancing the quality of life of people living with illness and reducing the economic cost of care. This is the first study to examine the impact of carers on self-management behaviour by cancer
patients.

Methods: The research was an in-depth mixed methods study of
weight loss and eating difficulties in people with advanced cancer. The study participants included 32 patient-carer pairs receiving palliative home care in
the South of England in either 2003 or 2005. Semi-structured interviews were analysed using both content and thematic approaches, which revealed self-management of changing eating habits1. This paper reports an
interpretation of the way carers were found to impact on patient selfmanagement.

Results: All carers wanted to help patients and many were
troubled by uncertainty about the adequacy of their caregiving. However, patients gave examples both of carer behaviours that promoted selfmanagement and conversely of those that were experienced as disabling. This paper critiques the patient focus of most intervention that aims to support self-management. Drawing on the example of people with advanced cancer managing eating difficulties, it argues that self-management might best be facilitated using a family focused approach to supportive cancer care.

Conclusions: Further work is needed to establish the ways in which carers can be helped to support patient self-management.

Acknowledgement: The author would like to thank Macmillan Cancer Support UK for funding this study.

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Published date: 2008
Venue - Dates: 5th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), 2008-05-29 - 2008-05-31
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 155917
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/155917
ISSN: 0269-2163
PURE UUID: ac623fd6-1d7e-44f8-824f-61918e3e2bae
ORCID for Claire Foster: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4703-8378

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Date deposited: 01 Jun 2010 10:16
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:44

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