Author on Call

The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Death Anxiety and Quality of Life in Iranian Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

"Death Anxiety and Quality of Life in Iranian Caregivers of Patients With Cancer"

Mohammad Ali Soleimani, PhD; Rebecca H. Lehto, PhD, RN; Reza Negarandeh, PhD; Nasim Bahrami, PhD(c); Yiong Huak Chan, PhD

"Concerns about death may alienate and negatively impact communication among family members of patients with cancer.  In this descriptive correlational study, death anxiety was related to lower quality of life in Iranian family caregivers. Addressing death-related concerns may improve quality of life and reduce stress associated with adapting to the family caregiver role. As nurses globally care for patients and caregivers from diverse backgrounds, there is heightened need to target support in the cultural context."

—Dr Rebecca Lehto on the paper "Death Anxiety and Quality of Life in Iranian Caregivers of Patients With Cancer," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 40, Issue 1.   This paper was featured on the cover and in the "Editor's Picks" for this issue.  The full article is found below and may be viewed with a subscription.