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      A review of family caregiving intervention trials in oncology.

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          This article contains a review of literature published from 2010 to 2016 on family caregiving in oncology. An analysis of 810 citations resulted in 50 randomized trials. These trials describe the need to prepare family caregivers for the complex role they play in cancer care. Several studies have demonstrated improved quality of life for family caregivers and improved emotional support from interventions. Several studies addressed communication and relational intimacy, which are key concerns. An additional focus of these trials was in the area of caregiving tasks and ways to diminish the burden of caregiving and preparedness for this role. Further research is needed in this area given the shift to outpatient care and as family caregivers become the primary providers of care. Future research should include expanding tested models of family caregiver support in clinical practice and in diverse populations. CA Cancer J Clin 2017. © 2017 American Cancer Society. CA Cancer J Clin 2017;67:318-325. © 2017 American Cancer Society.

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          Journal
          CA Cancer J Clin
          CA: a cancer journal for clinicians
          American Cancer Society
          1542-4863
          0007-9235
          Jul 08 2017
          : 67
          : 4
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Director, Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA.
          [2 ] Associate Professor, Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA.
          Article
          10.3322/caac.21396
          28319263

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