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World J Clin Oncol. Apr 10, 2016; 7(2): 214-219
Published online Apr 10, 2016. doi: 10.5306/wjco.v7.i2.214
Distance caregiving a family member with cancer: A review of the literature on distance caregiving and recommendations for future research
Sara L Douglas, Polly Mazanec, Amy Lipson, Mary Leuchtag
Sara L Douglas, Polly Mazanec, Amy Lipson, Mary Leuchtag, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106-4904, United States
Author contributions: Douglas SL analyzed the data; Douglas SL and Mazanec P wrote the paper and contributed equally to this work; Douglas SL, Mazanec P, Lipson A and Leuchtag M designed the research; Lipson A and Leuchtag M performed the research.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Sara L Douglas, Polly Mazanec, Amy Lipson and Mary Leuchtag declare they have no conflicting interests (including but not limited too commercial, personal, political, intellectual or religious interests) related to the work submitted for publication.
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Correspondence to: Sara L Douglas, PhD, RN, Professor and Assistant Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-4904, United States. sld4@case.edu
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Received: May 29, 2015
Peer-review started: May 21, 2015
First decision: December 28, 2015
Revised: January 28, 2016
Accepted: February 16, 2016
Article in press: February 17, 2016
Published online: April 10, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Distance caregivers (DCGs) are an important subset of family caregivers who are understudied and receive little attention from clinical providers. The limited research has identified that this growing population of caregivers experience anxiety, mood disturbances and distress, yet few, if any interventions for them exist. There is a need for more research to identify the benefits and burdens of DCGs and the impact of this burden on the caregivers, patient and family. Interventions providing support and education for this subset of caregivers must be designed and tested. Advanced technology offers unique strategies to deliver these interventions.