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Family caregivers' complementary therapy use and impacts on quality of life

The purpose of this quantitative study was to ascertain if caregivers and support persons experienced an improvement in their quality of life as they participated in the Complementary Therapy Program offered by Memorial Medical Center. A total of 35 participants took part in this study. The results confirmed that caregivers and support persons did experience an improvement in physical health, social relationships, emotional state, mental functioning, and attitudes toward life as a result of participation in the Complementary Therapy Program. The two most significant improvements in quality of life pertained to their emotional states and relationships with others. Implications for social work practitioners include ongoing collaboration with cancer patients and caregivers regarding complementary therapies and how the program augments participants’ quality of life. Social workers may also assist in linking individuals from all demographic backgrounds with the Complementary Therapy Program.

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