Impacts of Caregiving on the Caregiver's Quality of Life
The positive aspects of caregiving can be strengthened by psychological support and practical assistance with problem solving from health care professionals. Direct professional validation of caregivers and indirect support through the patient's medical care are associated with higher caregiver satisfaction and the willingness to continue providing care.[18,19]
To reduce the stress of frequent clinic visits, caregivers should also be provided with options such as using long-acting medication regimens or telephone triage. Educating caregivers about pertinent aspects of cancer management and available community resources can be accomplished through individual contact with health care professionals or through more formal educational programs.
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