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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 379--382

Availability of informal caregivers for palliative care patients with cancer: Is there a difference between higher- and lower-income settings


1 Department of Clinical Oncology, Kasr Alainy School of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Palliative Care Team, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kyrillus S Shohdy
Cairo University Hospitals, Al-Saray St., El-Maniel, 11451, Cairo
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_199_18

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Objective: Family caregivers are the default caring personnel for terminal cancer patients. The characteristics, demographics, distribution, psychological burden, and socioeconomic standards differ between high- and low-income countries. We aimed to assess those factors and their direct reflection on both the patient and the caregiver. Patients and Methods: This is a comparative cross-sectional study for terminal cancer patients in the palliative care unit between the United Kingdom (UK) as a high-income community and Egypt as a low-income community. We assessed the different characteristics, demographics, living place, the degree of relevance, and the availability of caregivers. Results: We have recruited 216 patients from the UK and 117 patients from Egypt. Informal caregivers were available in 74.5% and 92.3% for these patients with a mean age of 71.5 (standard deviation [SD] 16) years and 50.9 (SD 15.18) years, respectively. There has been a statistically significant difference between the two countries' caregivers in being married, family, and living in the same household (P < 0.0001). Conclusion: Low-income countries are more common to have an informal caregiver who is a family member of different degree of relevance. Caregivers in low-income settings tend to be younger, of the female gender, married, and living in the same household than in high-income ones.






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