A new study has revealed that family carers of people with cancer are providing support beyond the safe working hours recommended to preserve their health and wellbeing.
The Dimbleby Cancer Care funded study shows family carers of people with cancer on average provide almost 70 hours of care a week to look after their relatives in the last three months of life.
The study, which was carried out by the Universities of Newcastle, Manchester and Groningen in the Netherlands, has been published in this month’s Palliative Medicine.
The team received responses from 1,504 carers through a national postal survey in the autumn of 2015. The survey was sent via the Office for National Statistics to 5,271 relatives who registered a death in May 2015. Local carers groups helped shape the material.
Findings of the survey
The survey revealed:
The research team studied the work of carers by tasks including preparing food, shopping, cleaning, attending appointments and general administration.
For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.
Published on 3rd April 2017