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Cancer care providers face mental health issues during COVID-19 pandemic

More than two-thirds of unpaid carers of people with cancer in the United States report that their emotional and mental health has deteriorated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 66% reporting that the pandemic has made healthcare more difficult in general, according to one survey of more than 100 cancer care providers in the US.

“Family caregivers are not only a critical part of the U.S. health care system, but are also the backbone of our society, yet they are still under-recognized and under-supported, hindering their ability to care for their loved one and maintain their own wealth. health and wellness,” Chris Round, president of EMD Serono, said in a press release. “The EMD Serono Embracing Carers® Wellbeing index for carers is a resource to bring much-needed attention to the role and needs of the healthcare provider during the pandemic and beyond. We remain steadfast in our commitment to work with the public and private sectors to shape new programs and resources to address the issues raised in this study.”

According to the researchers, nearly half of the caregivers surveyed answered that the people they care for are more dependent on them than ever before, with 94% of respondents saying they understand the needs of the person they care for during the COVID-19 crisis. put the crisis above their own. -19 pandemic. More than a third of survey participants feel they have no one to turn to for support, while 83% say they rely on them for emotional support from the person they care for.

“Even in non-pandemic times, the pressures of informal care can be far-reaching and negatively impact the financial, physical and emotional well-being of the entire family, and these data underscore how the pandemic has only compounded these pressures, particularly for cancer care providers Lisa Winstel, chief operating officer of Caregiver Action Network and member of the Embracing Carers® advisory board, said in the press release. “As we turn the corner with COVID-19, it is critical that we remember that for many caregivers, the responsibilities and associated stress will not diminish.”

In terms of the challenges cancer care providers face, the survey found that general support needs (49%) and financial challenges (36%) are the most common. A third responded that they have had less access to support systems and services, and 1 in 5 cite a lack of support from family and friends due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19. Nearly all respondents agreed that more support was needed to cope with emotional stress, and 94% responded that more mental/wellness resources should be readily available.

REFERENCE

New data shows a dramatic emotional toll of a pandemic on unpaid carers of people living with cancer, impacting mental health and relationships. news item. Business thread. November 18, 2021. Accessed November 23, 2021. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211118005713/en