Supporting family carers: International evidence


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Sheila Payne1
1Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Abstract

This session aims to highlight the important topic of how best to support lay people (family, friends and significant others; hereafter called ‘family carers') who provide care to patients during the cancer trajectory. It is widely recognised that these people have an essential role in providing physical care, emotional and social support, financial resources, advocacy and anticipatory care, and in negotiating and coordinating care during all phases of cancer. The presence of family carers who are able and willing to provide care is essential to facilitate patient choices, such as place of care. It is a challenging and demanding role.