Family-focused preventive interventions with cancer cosurvivors: A call to action

Mika Niemelä, Catherine A. Marshall, Thilo Kroll, Melissa Curran, Susan Silverberg Koerner, Sami Räsänen, Francisco García

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Health promotion and preventive action in the context of public health interventions for highly prevalent, long-term conditions such as cancer are rarely geared toward the family as a whole. Yet familymembers, as cancer cosurvivors,must manage their own substantial stress and multiple caregiving responsibilities and often constitute a critical nexus between individual patients and clinicians. We drew on 2 examples of cancer cosurvivorship from 2 different health service contexts, the United States and Finland. A systemic approach in public health is needed to support family members who not only have to confront the meaning of long-term conditions such as cancer but also may have to manage concurrent social life challenges and stressors such as economic hardship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1381-1387
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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