The well-being of patients’ informal caregivers is associated with perceived quality of care among patients with cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Perceived quality of care is becoming an increasingly important metric of patient satisfaction and reimbursement. Researchers sought to evaluate if there is also a relationship between informal caregiver well-being and perceived quality of care.

For the study, investigators analyzed self-reported sociodemographic and psychosocial data from 689 patients with lung or colorectal cancer enrolled in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance consortium. Results from a caregiving survey completed by each patient’s nominated informal caregiver were also included.

Investigators found that patients whose informal caregiver reported greater levels of depressive symptoms had a significantly higher likelihood of reporting fair or poor quality of care. In addition, patients were nearly four times more likely to report fair or poor perceived quality of care when their caregivers reported fair or poor self-rated health.

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