A transactional model of cancer family caregiving skill

Karen L. Schumacher, Susan M. Beidler, Anna Song Beeber, Patricia Gambino

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Family caregivers of persons receiving treatment of cancer must acquire illness-related skills not usually found among nonprofessional caregivers. Although research is needed to understand the skill acquisition process, no models of family caregiving skill exist to guide such research. The purpose of this study was to develop a model of caregiving skill through qualitative research. Participants were 44 caregiver/patient dyads and 63 individual caregivers. Data were collected using a semi-structured interview. A transactional model of family caregiving skill was developed that includes the concepts of demands of the illness situation, patterns of care, caregiver responses, and patient responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-286
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006


  • Cancer
  • Family caregiving
  • Family caregiving skill
  • Grounded theory
  • Model development
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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