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Perceptions of Family Cancer Caregivers in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study

Walker, Allison (2011) Perceptions of Family Cancer Caregivers in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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    There has been a documented increase in incidence and prevalence of noncommunicable diseases, in particular cancer, in low- and middle-income countries. With a lack of healthcare facilities and trained health care providers to support this new patient population, relatives and close friends provide the majority of care. The majority of research examining the emotional and physical impact of providing care to a loved one with cancer has been conducted in developed nations; however, there is a paucity of research examining the experience of providing care to a loved one with cancer in low- and middle-income countries, specifically in Tanzania. The overall goal of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the experiences of cancer caregivers in Tanzania. This study utilized a qualitative, cross-sectional design. Family caregivers of cancer patients were administered face-to-face interviews that lasted for approximately two hours. The participants were queried regarding sociodemographic information as well as overall well being, difficulties and positive aspects of providing care, access to information and resources, family and friends, and health care provider communication. These interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Content analysis was used to identify the emergent themes. Ten themes emerged from the participant interviews. The themes that were relevant to the specific aims of this study were accessibility of information, social support, providing care, and end of life. Other themes that emerged from the interviews and are important to highlight are: access to medication, time to diagnosis, no hope/no cure, access to hospital, symptom management, and formal healthcare. The results of the analysis suggest that caregivers have several unmet needs throughout the care situation and experience increased feelings of emotional and financial burden. With the rising incidence of cancer in Africa and the lack of institutional facilities and specialists to support this new patient population, family and friends become the primary caregiver. If caregivers' emotional and physical health is not preserved, the quality of care they deliver may suffer and more demands placed on the health care system by both the patient and caregiver.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
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    Walker, Allisonallison.t.walker@gmail.com
    Title: Perceptions of Family Cancer Caregivers in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: There has been a documented increase in incidence and prevalence of noncommunicable diseases, in particular cancer, in low- and middle-income countries. With a lack of healthcare facilities and trained health care providers to support this new patient population, relatives and close friends provide the majority of care. The majority of research examining the emotional and physical impact of providing care to a loved one with cancer has been conducted in developed nations; however, there is a paucity of research examining the experience of providing care to a loved one with cancer in low- and middle-income countries, specifically in Tanzania. The overall goal of this study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the experiences of cancer caregivers in Tanzania. This study utilized a qualitative, cross-sectional design. Family caregivers of cancer patients were administered face-to-face interviews that lasted for approximately two hours. The participants were queried regarding sociodemographic information as well as overall well being, difficulties and positive aspects of providing care, access to information and resources, family and friends, and health care provider communication. These interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Content analysis was used to identify the emergent themes. Ten themes emerged from the participant interviews. The themes that were relevant to the specific aims of this study were accessibility of information, social support, providing care, and end of life. Other themes that emerged from the interviews and are important to highlight are: access to medication, time to diagnosis, no hope/no cure, access to hospital, symptom management, and formal healthcare. The results of the analysis suggest that caregivers have several unmet needs throughout the care situation and experience increased feelings of emotional and financial burden. With the rising incidence of cancer in Africa and the lack of institutional facilities and specialists to support this new patient population, family and friends become the primary caregiver. If caregivers' emotional and physical health is not preserved, the quality of care they deliver may suffer and more demands placed on the health care system by both the patient and caregiver.
    Date: 29 June 2011
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 05 April 2011
    Approval Date: 29 June 2011
    Submission Date: 07 April 2011
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
    URN: etd-04072011-154033
    Uncontrolled Keywords: developing country; Tanzania; cancer; caregiver
    Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:35
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2011 15:14
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04072011-154033/, etd-04072011-154033

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