Relationship between sleep and physical activity in female family caregivers at the initiation of patients' radiation therapy

Karen Willette-Murphy, Kathryn A. Lee, Marylin Dodd, Claudia West, Bradley E. Aouizerat, Steven Paul, Patrick Swift, William Wara, Christine Miaskowski

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate for differences in subjective and objective measures of sleep between physically active and inactive female family caregivers of oncology patients at the initiation of their spouses' radiation therapy and evaluate for differences in demographic, clinical, and symptom characteristics between women in the 2 activity groups. Design: Descriptive, cross-sectional study. Setting: Two radiation treatment centers. Participants: Female family caregivers of patients who began radiation therapy for prostate, lung, or brain cancer. Methods: Women were categorized as inactive (n = 38) or active (n = 30) based on self-report ratings of activity over a period of 2 days. Activity groups were compared on demographic and clinical characteristics, self-reported measures of sleep and other symptoms, and objective measures of sleep using wrist actigraphy. Results: Inactive women had a higher number of comorbid conditions, lower levels of attentional function, less self-reported sleep time, a longer sleep onset latency, and a higher percentage of daytime sleep as measured by actigraphy compared with active women. Conclusions: Inactivity in female family caregivers of oncology patients is associated with poorer self-reported sleep and decreased attentional function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-374
Number of pages8
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Actigraphy
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Family caregiver
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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