Qualitative Analysis of the Experience of Mental Fatigue of Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer in Phase I Trials

Denise M. Weiss, PhD, FNP, BC, AOCNP®; Laurel L. Northouse, PhD, RN, FAAN; Sonia A. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN; Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, PhD; Maria C. Katapodi, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Patricia M. LoRusso, DO


Purpose/Objectives: To examine family caregivers' experience of mental fatigue, identify strategies they use to manage it, and ascertain the kind of help they would like from healthcare professionals.

Research Approach: Descriptive, qualitative study that was part of a larger mixed-methods study.

Setting: Metropolitan comprehensive cancer center in the midwestern United States.

Participants: 79 family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer who were participating in phase I clinical trials.

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