Effects of an individualized caregiver training intervention on self-efficacy of cancer caregivers

West J Nurs Res. 2013 May;35(5):590-610. doi: 10.1177/0193945911420742. Epub 2011 Sep 26.


Caring for older cancer patients after hospital discharge is challenging and many of their caregivers lack confidence to do so. This study investigated the effects of an individualized caregiver training program on self-efficacy in home care and symptom management. A total of 120 patient-caregiver dyads were randomly assigned to either the treatment (n = 60) or control group (n = 60). The training focused on prevention of infection, pain control, maintenance of nutrition and adequate elimination, and specific care issues identified by the caregiver. Control group received information about community-based resources. Results revealed a significant increase in self-efficacy after the training in the treatment group but not in the control group. No intervention effect was seen on caregiver's psychological well-being (depression, anxiety, and quality of life) and patient's physical symptoms.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers / education*
  • Dietetics
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Inservice Training / methods*
  • Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Pain Management
  • Self Efficacy*