The value of complementary therapies for carers witnessing patients’ medical procedures
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The value of complementary therapies for carers witnessing patients’ medical procedures

Peter Mackereth Clinical lead supportive care and tobacco control, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Anita Jane Mehrez Deputy clinical lead, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Eileen Hackman Research nurse, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
Rebecca Knowles Research assistant, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

Peter Mackereth and colleagues describe how receiving complementary therapies gave carers an opportunity to take time out, feel valued and supported

The aim of this service evaluation was to assess the value of carers receiving complementary therapies to manage anxiety and stress related to witnessing their loved ones undergoing medical procedures.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten carers and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) scores were collected pre and post-interview. Themes emerging from the transcripts included being a carer faced with competing demands and limited resources, and being a witness and experiencing distress alongside their loved one. Some carers struggled to accept support and prioritise their own needs. All carers were appreciative of the complementary therapy support for loved ones and themselves. Post-interview HADS scores were reduced in all but one carer. Further evaluation work with a larger sample is required to assess longer-term health and wellbeing outcomes.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 13, 9,32-38. doi: 10.7748/cnp.13.9.32.e1127

Correspondence

peter.mackereth@christie.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

This evaluation was funded by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk

Received: 06 August 2014

Accepted: 09 September 2014