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Work productivity and health of informal caregivers of persons with advanced cancer
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 6, pages 483–495, December 2011
How to Cite
Mazanec, S. R., Daly, B. J., Douglas, S. L. and Lipson, A. R. (2011), Work productivity and health of informal caregivers of persons with advanced cancer. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 483–495. doi: 10.1002/nur.20461
- Issue published online: 25 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 AUG 2011
- NINR. Grant Number: R01NR010787
- health promotion behaviors;
- work productivity
The purpose of this study was to describe health promotion behaviors and work productivity loss in informal caregivers of individuals with advanced stage cancer. Using a cross-sectional, correlational design, 70 caregivers completed measures of health behaviors, mood, social support, and burden. Absenteeism and presenteeism were evaluated in employed caregivers (n = 40). Caregivers reported low levels of physical activity. The mean percentage of work productivity loss due to caregiving was 22.9%. Greater work productivity loss was associated with greater number of caregiving hours, higher cancer stage, married status, and greater anxiety, depression, and burden related to financial problems, disrupted schedule, and health. Nurses should assess caregivers and provide health promotion interventions, which may ultimately reduce the economic impact of caregiving. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:483–495, 2011