Vol 16, No 1 (2022)
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Informational and supportive needs of the family caregivers of women with breast cancer in a low resource context: A cross-sectional study

Mozhgan Moshtagh1, Elahe Allahyari1
Palliat Med Pract 2022;16(1):59-65.


Introduction: The present study was conducted to assess the needs of family caregivers in 2020 during
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants and methods: Data were collected through purposive sampling from 103 participants
and analysed by the Family Inventory of Needs (FIN) during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 (between
July and September).
Results: Informational and supportive needs were high for most caregivers (76%), but they were scored
unmet by higher than 30% of the family caregivers in items 8, 9, and 16 of informative dimensions and
items 15, 17, and 18 supportive dimensions. Also, the illness stage was significantly associated with the
score of unmet needs (p = 0.03).
Conclusions: Caregivers who live with women need more guidance and support. Considering the information
and psycho-social needs of cancer caregivers may increase the satisfaction of health services
and help improve the psychological well-being and quality of life of both patients and their caregivers.

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