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Sociocultural Investigation of Cancer Caregiving 

Sociocultural Investigation of Cancer Caregiving
Chapter:
Sociocultural Investigation of Cancer Caregiving
Source:
Cancer Caregivers
Author(s):

Patricia B. Pedreira

, Hannah-Rose Mitchell

, Amanda Ting

, and Youngmee Kim

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190868567.003.0005

This chapter provides theoretical perspectives and empirical findings on the role of sociocultural factors in caregiving involvement, caregiving stress, caregivers’ unmet needs, and caregivers’ quality-of-life outcomes. This chapter concludes that taking socioculturally tailored and targeted approaches is promising for identifying subgroups of caregivers who are vulnerable to the adverse effects of cancer in the family and developing evidence-based interventions. To improve caregiver quality of life and minimize caregiver morbidity and premature mortality, sociocultural resources and risk factors should be further studied and integrated into clinical practice. Transdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaborations are necessary to achieve the ultimate goals of the emerging field of cancer caregiver research and practice around the globe.

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