Objectives: To describe caregiving and relationship challenges in cancer and the state of the science of dyadic interventions that target survivors and caregivers.
Data sources: Narrative review.
Conclusion: Viewing the survivor-caregiver dyad as the unit of care may improve multiple aspects of survivor and caregiver quality of life. However, several questions remain regarding how, why, and for whom dyadic interventions are effective.
Implications for nursing practice: Nurses should consider survivor, caregiver, and relationship needs when formulating supportive care protocols. Screening for survivor distress and extending distress screening to caregivers is an important first step in providing comprehensive psychosocial care.
Keywords: caregivers; couples; dyadic interventions; psychological distress; quality of life; survivors.
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