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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165091
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF BRAIN TUMOR PATIENTS
Author(s):
Patterson, Harriet; Lovely, Mary
Author Details:
Harriet Patterson, MPH, Director of Patient Services, National Brain Tumor Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA, email: patterson@braintumor.org; Mary Lovely, RN, PhD
Abstract:
Family caregivers of brain tumor patients face a daunting challenge, dealing with the acute needs of a terminal cancer patient and the stress of caring for someone with impaired neurological status. Oncology nurses have an important role as providers of patient and family education that can positively impact families coping at home. Recent studies show that educational and skill-building interventions can have significant impact on caregiver and patient wellbeing. An innovative support program for family caregivers of brain tumor patients has been developed and implemented across the US to help meet this need. 1. Describe the need for caregiver training and education programs for brain tumor patients 2. Identify the seven modules of the caregiver program curriculum 3. State the essential challenges and benefits of implementing the program 4. Present outcomes This family caregiver training program works on developing practical care skills and providing detailed information about brain tumors to family members. It includes an 8-hour workshop curriculum on topics such as Medical Overview of Brain Tumors, Symptom Management at Home, Understanding Cognitive Changes, How to Safely Move a Patient, and more. The program has been implemented at medical centers throughout the US. This session will describe the workshop format, curriculum, and challenges to implementation, equipping nurses to offer the free workshop at their institutions. The session will conclude with outcome data from the past 3 years and a discussion of future areas for research and intervention. The program has been evaluated over the last 3 years using post- workshop participant evaluations. Evaluation measurements include increases in caregiver knowledge, changes to caregiving behavior and confidence levels, and the overall benefit of the workshop as perceived by participants. A larger retrospective outcome study is underway. As more family caregivers become extensions of the health care team in the home, the importance of education and training for this group is critical. Oncology nurses can utilize this program free of charge to help build skills and teach families how to provide better care for their loved ones with brain tumors.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM TO SUPPORT FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF BRAIN TUMOR PATIENTSen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPatterson, Harrieten_US
dc.contributor.authorLovely, Maryen_US
dc.author.detailsHarriet Patterson, MPH, Director of Patient Services, National Brain Tumor Foundation, San Francisco, California, USA, email: patterson@braintumor.org; Mary Lovely, RN, PhDen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165091-
dc.description.abstractFamily caregivers of brain tumor patients face a daunting challenge, dealing with the acute needs of a terminal cancer patient and the stress of caring for someone with impaired neurological status. Oncology nurses have an important role as providers of patient and family education that can positively impact families coping at home. Recent studies show that educational and skill-building interventions can have significant impact on caregiver and patient wellbeing. An innovative support program for family caregivers of brain tumor patients has been developed and implemented across the US to help meet this need. 1. Describe the need for caregiver training and education programs for brain tumor patients 2. Identify the seven modules of the caregiver program curriculum 3. State the essential challenges and benefits of implementing the program 4. Present outcomes This family caregiver training program works on developing practical care skills and providing detailed information about brain tumors to family members. It includes an 8-hour workshop curriculum on topics such as Medical Overview of Brain Tumors, Symptom Management at Home, Understanding Cognitive Changes, How to Safely Move a Patient, and more. The program has been implemented at medical centers throughout the US. This session will describe the workshop format, curriculum, and challenges to implementation, equipping nurses to offer the free workshop at their institutions. The session will conclude with outcome data from the past 3 years and a discussion of future areas for research and intervention. The program has been evaluated over the last 3 years using post- workshop participant evaluations. Evaluation measurements include increases in caregiver knowledge, changes to caregiving behavior and confidence levels, and the overall benefit of the workshop as perceived by participants. A larger retrospective outcome study is underway. As more family caregivers become extensions of the health care team in the home, the importance of education and training for this group is critical. Oncology nurses can utilize this program free of charge to help build skills and teach families how to provide better care for their loved ones with brain tumors.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:12:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:12:22Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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