Course and predictors of depressive symptoms among family caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients until their death

  title={Course and predictors of depressive symptoms among family caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients until their death},
  author={Siew Tzuh Tang and Wen‐Cheng Chang and Jen‐Shi Chen and Hung-Ming Wang and Wen-Chi Shen and Chung-Yi Li and Yen-Chi Liao},
Few studies have investigated the impact of providing end‐of‐life care on family caregivers' depressive symptoms over time, especially until the patient's death. The purpose of this study was to identify the course and predictors of depressive symptoms in caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients until they died. 

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Depression in family caregivers of cancer patients: the feeling of burden as a predictor of depression.

  • Youngsun RheeY. Yun N. Kim
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 2008
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The main and moderating effects on caregiver experiences and caregiver's depression over time of various social and psychologic resources are examined.

The psychological impact of cancer on patients' partners and other key relatives: a review.

Trajectory and determinants of the quality of life of family caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients in Taiwan

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