Adapting an intervention to support young caregivers of cancer survivors: A study protocol

Janet Njelesani, Melinda S. Kavanaugh, Jean Hunleth

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Introduction Of the family members providing care, in the United States over 5.4 million are young people (<18 years of age) and they are the caregivers receiving the least support overall. Given the need to support cancer survivors through a family-centered practice approach, this lack of support and intervention for young caregivers represents a substantial gap in cancer care. In this study, we will adapt a young caregivers intervention, YCare, with young caregivers in families affected by cancer in order to advance support for families in cancer settings. YCare is an intervention that improves the support young caregivers provide through a peer-engaged, multidisciplinary model but has previously not been studied in the cancer care setting. Methods Guided by the updated Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) we will engage stakeholders (i.e., young caregivers, cancer survivors, health care providers) using qualitative (i.e., one-on-one semi-structured interviews) and arts-based methods. Stakeholders will be recruited via cancer registries and community partners. Data will be analyzed descriptively using deductive (e.g., CFIR domains) and inductive (e.g., cancer practice settings) approaches. Discussion The results will indicate the critical components for adapting the YCare intervention to the cancer practice context including new intervention elements and key characteristics. Adapting YCare to a cancer context will address a critical cancer disparity issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0284896
JournalPloS one
Issue number4 April
StatePublished - Apr 2023

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