A Not-so-Silent Cry for Help: Older Female Cancer Caregivers’ Need for Information

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Cancer family caregivers face uncertainty every day. The holistic health care practitioner is in a unique position to alleviate some of this uncertainty by providing information. Although this may appear to be straightforward, unfortunately, more often than not, information is not provided or is provided in such a way that it is more harmful than helpful. This article presents findings from a qualitative study conducted with 21 older female caregivers of persons with advanced-stage cancer. Six areas of concern or need arose from the data and are presented with caregiver narrative examples. This article’s purpose is not to be prescriptive (e.g., telling holistic health care practitioners what to say and how to say it). Instead, the purpose is to highlight the need for holistic health care practitioners to evaluate their caregivers’ individual needs for information and to attempt to provide this information in a sensitive yet factually accurate manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-284
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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