Oncol Nurs Forum. 2023 Aug 17;50(5):665-670. doi: 10.1188/23.ONF.665-670.
OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationships among family caregiver burden and workplace productivity and activity impairment among home hospice family caregivers of individuals with cancer who worked while providing end-of-life caregiving.
SAMPLE & SETTING: Baseline data from a longitudinal study of communication between hospice providers and hospice family caregivers were used for this secondary analysis.
METHODS & VARIABLES: Working family caregivers with complete workplace productivity and activity impairment data were included in this analysis (N = 30). Demographic data, caregiver burden, and workplace productivity and activity impairment were examined with descriptive statistics, correlation analysis, and hierarchical linear regressions.
RESULTS: Hospice family caregivers were primarily White, female, married, and employed full-time. Caregiver burden levels were significantly positively associated with activity impairment, presenteeism, and work productivity loss. These relationships remained statistically significant when controlling for age.
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING: Hospice and oncology nurses can support working hospice family caregivers by assessing for burden and associated workplace challenges, as well as by providing referrals for respite and community resources.