Caregiver Strain and Burden

Caregiver Strain and Burden

Caregiver strain and burden encompasses the difficulties assuming and functioning in the caregiver role as well as associated alterations in the caregiver’s emotional and physical health that can occur when care demands exceed resources. Caregivers experience differing challenges during different phases of the cancer trajectory that can significantly impact their functioning and quality of life.

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This topic was updated on February 23, 2017.

2011–2017 Authors

Margaret F. Bevans, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, Carolyn Spence Cagle, PhD, RNC-OB, Meghan Coleman, DNP, RN, CRNP, AOCNP®, Mary Ellen Haisfield-Wolfe, PhD, RN, OCN®, Ahlam Jadalla, PhD, RN, Margaretta Page, RN, MS, and Thiruppavai Sundaramurthi, PhD, RN, CCRN, OCN®

ONS Staff: Margaret M. Irwin, PhD, RN, MN, Kristen Fessele, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN®, Christine M. Maloney, BA, Kerri A. Moriarty, MLS, and Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS


2009 Authors

Norissa J. Honea, PhD(c), MSN, RN, AOCN®, CCRP, and Paula R. Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN

ONS Staff: Heather Belansky, RN, MSN


2007 Authors

Norissa J. Honea, MSN, RN, AOCN®, Laurel L. Northouse, PhD, RN, FAAN, Ruth Ann Brintnall, PhD, RN, CHPN, Deirdre B. Colao, RN, OCN®, Susan Claire Somers, RN, BSN, OCN®, Barbara A. Given, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Paula R. Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN

ONS Staff: Robi Thomas, MS, RN, AOCN®, CHPN, and Gail Mallory, PhD, RN, NEA-BC