Innovative Tools to Support Family Caregivers of Persons with Cancer: The Role of Information Technology

Abstract [from journal]

Objectives: To describe the current evidence of studies examining the use of information technology for family caregivers of persons with cancer. We highlight emerging technologies and trends and discuss ethical and practical implications.

Data Sources: Review scientific studies and systematic reviews of technology use to support caregivers of persons with cancer.

Conclusion: The evidence base is growing; however, more studies are needed to test the effectiveness of technology.

Implications for Nursing Practice: Several tools have potential to provide support to family caregivers but the selection of such tools needs to address access, privacy, interoperability, and usability considerations.