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Who's Supporting the Support; An Analysis of Cancer Family Caregiver Burden and Potential Intervention Strategies

Kirby, Carolyn G (2022) Who's Supporting the Support; An Analysis of Cancer Family Caregiver Burden and Potential Intervention Strategies. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Family caregivers are the silent support system within any care team; their work is underappreciated and goes above and beyond traditional family support. Caregivers provide this care with risks to their own mental, emotional, and physical health. There are many reasons and numerous health concerns that would require family caregivers to step up. One of those is cancer; as a long-term and often debilitating diagnosis, it leads family members to become experts in caring for a loved one as they navigate the complex treatment. As our nation’s best researchers and scientists work hard to improve cancer patient outcomes and cures, there needs to be a focus on supporting those helping to carry the weight of cancer's negative consequences and outcomes. This growing public health concern does not require any severe or complex interventions but acknowledges and builds off our health systems existing frameworks. Caring for the caregiver improves health outcomes for patients and caregivers and creates a smoother treatment and care system for all.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kirby, Carolyn Gcgk20@pitt.educgk200000-0002-2999-3515
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCole, Evanevancole@pitt.eduevancoleUNSPECIFIED
Committee Co-ChairAlbert, Stevensmalbert@pitt.edusmalbertUNSPECIFIED
Date: 17 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 20 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 30
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: family caregiving, cancer
Date Deposited: 17 May 2022 16:09
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 16:09


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