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Sleep loss and its effects on health of family caregivers of individuals with primary malignant brain tumors


  • The study was supported in part by the following grants: Mind-Body Interactions in Neuro-Oncology Caregivers, National Cancer Institute R01 (CA118711-02) to Paula R. Sherwood, PI, 2007 and STEPS: Supporting Technologically Enhanced Ph.D. Studies, Georgia State University, 2011.
  • At the time of the work, the first author was a doctoral student at Georgia State University.

Correspondence to Jean D. Pawl


Sleep loss places caregivers at risk for poor health. Understanding correlates of sleep loss and relationships to health may enable improvement of health of caregivers of individuals with primary malignant brain tumors (PMBT). In this cross-sectional, descriptive study of 133 caregivers, relationships were examined between sleep loss and physical, mental, emotional, and social health at time of patient diagnosis. Sleep loss was not related to physical health. Shorter total sleep time was associated with greater fatigue and social support. Sleep quality was positively associated with quality of life. Further study is needed of the role of sleep loss in the PMBT caregiving trajectory and its long-term relationship with health outcomes. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 36: 386–399, 2013