Purpose of This Summary
This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information about the formal ranking system used by the PDQ Editorial Boards to assess evidence supporting the use of specific interventions or approaches. It is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians who care for cancer patients. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions.
Added American Cancer Society 2013 as reference 1.
Physicians Interacting With Family Caregivers
Added text about a Taiwanese study of family experiences with difficult decisions in end-of-life care (cited Huang et al. as reference 4).
Factors to Consider in Caregiver Assessment
Added text about the Care of My Child with Cancer rating scale to the table on Instruments for Evaluating Caregiver Burden (cited Wells et al. as reference 14).
Interventions for Caregivers
Added text about a DVD program on fall prevention skills training for cancer family caregivers (cited Potter et al. as reference 8).
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