There is little research addressing caregiver stress while in the hospital setting. This study sought to answer the question, Would utilization of an oncology care partner program during hospitalization increase communication and preparedness for discharge while decreasing caregiver stress? A two phase study was utilized to generate standard of care data and data resulting from the intervention. A quantitative pre and post survey method was used. Qualitative data was included from conversations between the researcher and subjects. Communication and comfort upon discharge improved with the intervention, but there was no significant change in caregiver stress levels. Though this study had a small sample size, there are positive implications for the patient, family caregiver, nurses and hospital. The utilization of such a program has merit and further research is needed to validate the findings.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Occupational psychology, Health care management, Oncology|
|Keywords:||Acute care partner program, Cancer caregiver, Care partner program, Caregover stress, Communication, Oncology|
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