Art Intervention With Family Caregivers and Patients With Cancer
Purpose/Objectives: To describe the implementation and preliminary evaluation of an art intervention at the bedsides of patients with cancer and their family caregivers.
Data Sources: Field notes from ongoing encounters with family caregivers and patients with cancer, research literature, and descriptions of other programs.
Data Synthesis: An "Art Infusion" intervention was developed and offered to family caregivers and patients with cancer during treatment at a comprehensive cancer center. Training of interventionists, timing and delivery of the intervention, and the availability of art activity choices were key factors in the intervention's success.
Conclusions: Family caregivers and patients with cancer are interested in and responsive to art interventions. Additional research is needed to quantify the effects.
Implications for Nursing: Art interventions enhanced and extended the scope of care for family caregivers and patients with cancer. Nurses are in key positions to establish, supervise, and promote such interventions.
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