L’intervento psicosociale con il paziente oncologico e la sua rete di supporto: l’opportunità di coinvolgere l’assistente sociale

Journal title SALUTE E SOCIETÀ
Author/s Ines Testoni, Chiara Bertocco, Francesca Alemanno, Lucia Ronconi, Andrea Maccarini, Annamaria Perino, Teodoro Sava, Luca Riccardi
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/1
Language Italian Pages 14 P. 143-156 File size 163 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2020-001011
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Evidence of many studies shows how the occurrence of a disease has a negative impact on various aspects of the patient's life and his family. This study took into account the needs of family caregivers, and also tried to analyze the territorial resources made available by the welfare system in a health district placed in the North-Eastern region of Italy. The research involved 89 caregivers of patients took in charge by the oncology day hospital and the home palliative care service. The methods used were the following: socio-anagraphic questionnaire, Distress Thermometer and Carer Support Needs Assessment Tools, in order to measure the needs of the patients, their level of distress and to recognize the needs of the caregivers and the level of burden they were experimenting. The results highlight how the absence of the availability of social workers in wards or services other than home palliative care has negative effects on the family. A need for psychosocial support emerges, which can ease the burden on the family caregiver. The findings converge in stressing that the use of social workers in oncology departments should become systematic.

Keywords: Social work; caregiver; burden/strain/distress; psycho-social evaluation; palliative care; oncology.

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Ines Testoni, Chiara Bertocco, Francesca Alemanno, Lucia Ronconi, Andrea Maccarini, Annamaria Perino, Teodoro Sava, Luca Riccardi, L’intervento psicosociale con il paziente oncologico e la sua rete di supporto: l’opportunità di coinvolgere l’assistente sociale in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 1/2020, pp 143-156, DOI: 10.3280/SES2020-001011