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Objective: To describe the effect of terminal cancer on the patient’s family, finances and daily life.Methods: A cluster sample of 2000 adults (⩾18 years old) who had died from cancer, and who were representative of Italy, was studied. 1900 caregivers were identified and 68% responded to a post-bereavement survey. Caregivers included the patient’s child (46%), his/her spouse (31%), other relatives or friends (20%) or a health professional (3%). The median age of a caregiver was 54 years and 69% were females. During the last 3 months of the patient’s life, 44% of caregivers reported difficulties in their regular employment.Results: Of the 68% of families who had to pay for some of the care, 37% had to pay for drugs, 36% for nursing and assistance and 22% for physicians. Paying for care was more frequent in the south of Italy (OR 2.5; 95% CI 1.0 to 6.3) and when the patient was a housewife (OR for unit increase 2 …
BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Publication date: 
1 Jun 2007

Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Monica Beccaro, Guido Miccinesi, Piero Borgia, Massimo Costantini, Francesco Chini, Diego Baiocchi, Giovanna De Giacomi, Maria Grimaldi, Maurizio Montella

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Volume: 61 Issue: 6 Pages: 547-554
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health