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Carers' influence on diets of people with advanced cancer

Carers' influence on diets of people with advanced cancer
Carers' influence on diets of people with advanced cancer
Background: The Macmillan weight and eating studies 2003-2007 are investigating ways of helping people with advanced cancer live with symptoms of weight loss and loss of appetite. These can cause distress for both patients and carers, and can be a source of conflict between them.

Aim: To examine a specific cause of distress (healthy-eating messages), and the implications for nursing practice.

Method: Data for this article is taken from a mixed method exploratory case study carried out in 2003 and a pilot study for a trial in 2005.

Results: Carers are committed to helping patients and believe it is important to encourage them to eat. However, the influence of healthy-eating messages can lead to inappropriate feeding and cause distress for both groups.

Conclusion: Nurses can help by assessing carers’ concerns about patients’ eating habits and providing information about eating well in advanced cancer.
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Hopkinson, Jane B.
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Hopkinson, Jane B.
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Hopkinson, Jane B. (2008) Carers' influence on diets of people with advanced cancer. Nursing Times, 104 (12), 28-29.

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Abstract

Background: The Macmillan weight and eating studies 2003-2007 are investigating ways of helping people with advanced cancer live with symptoms of weight loss and loss of appetite. These can cause distress for both patients and carers, and can be a source of conflict between them.

Aim: To examine a specific cause of distress (healthy-eating messages), and the implications for nursing practice.

Method: Data for this article is taken from a mixed method exploratory case study carried out in 2003 and a pilot study for a trial in 2005.

Results: Carers are committed to helping patients and believe it is important to encourage them to eat. However, the influence of healthy-eating messages can lead to inappropriate feeding and cause distress for both groups.

Conclusion: Nurses can help by assessing carers’ concerns about patients’ eating habits and providing information about eating well in advanced cancer.

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Published date: March 2008

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Local EPrints ID: 63957
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63957
ISSN: 0954-7762
PURE UUID: 2cae4c72-6df1-4a38-9d54-a871446218f5

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Date deposited: 20 Nov 2008
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:23

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Author: Jane B. Hopkinson

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