Department of Psychology Colloquium Series

 

11:00 AM Monday, 11/26

Academic (Student Commons) building Room 1401 (Boettcher Foundation conference room)

Dr. Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, Associate Professor

Clinical Health Psychology, University of Colorado Denver

 

Alaina L. Carr, MA, Doctoral Candidate

Clinical Health Psychology, University of Colorado Denver

 

David Avram, MA, Doctoral Candidate

Clinical Health Psychology, University of Colorado Denver

The psychosocial impact of caregiving for a loved one with cancer: Examples of innovative interventions to manage caregiver distress

Family caregivers often assume the role of caregiving with little or no preparation. Their roles may vary from providing emotional support and companionship, assisting with medication administration and medical care, providing physical support, and overseeing communication with friends and family. Over time, the demand and complexities of these various tasks can lead to caregiver distress and burnout. As the population of informal caregivers continues to grow, there is a need for a greater understanding of the unique needs of these individuals as well as the development and testing of evidenced-based interventions targeted towards those at a high risk for poorer outcomes.  This presentation will present a brief overview of caregiver research as well as examples of our current work with an emphasis on psychosocial interventions aimed at decreasing distress and improving quality of life in those providing care to cancer patients.