Caring for a mesothelioma patient causes significant stress. A new tool can help

Published on December 08, 2022

Whether the mesothelioma patient you care for is a family member, friend, neighbor or client, the responsibility creates intense stress. Now a group of occupational health researchers in Rome have developed a new tool to measure the extent of this mental pain and provide faster relief for those who need it.

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New tool measures stress levels in mesothelioma caregivers

An article published in the journal Psycho-Oncology describes the idea behind the Mesothelioma Psychological Distress Tool, Caregivers version, or MPDT-C. Researchers wanted to create a “concise, flexible, and comprehensive tool” that could be administered to caregivers to identify and respond to mental distress as needed. Early reviews of its accuracy indicate its effectiveness.

Recognizing the high level of distress faced by people caring for mesothelioma patients, the researchers designed a 47-question survey that focused on three main stressors — secondary traumatic stress, caregiving commitment, and meaningful cognitive restructuring — and then tested its usefulness a group of people currently caring for people with the rare and deadly asbestos-related disease.

Stress of mesothelioma care can be debilitating

Mesothelioma caregivers were tested in Italian medical centers where the patients they cared for were treated. According to lead author Dr. Michela Bonafede from the Italian Occupational Accidents Agency: “The results suggest that the MPDT-C is a reliable tool to detect the psychological distress of this traumatized population. Our study provides preliminary evidence to support the appropriate psychometric properties of the MPDT-C, and this should now be replicated.”

Whether you are caring for a mesothelioma patient or have been diagnosed with the rare disease yourself, Mesothelioma.net patient advocates are here to help. To learn more, contact us today at 1-800-692-8608.

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Written by Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer
Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the main author of our news blog Mesothelioma.net. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes knowledge is power, and she is committed to sharing news about the effects of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and the stories of victims.

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