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Social support needs and networks of cancer survivors and caregivers during COVID-19 pandemic

Cancer survivors and their care partners often turn toward their social networks for help and support, but the COVID-19 pandemic can make this difficult. Access to clinical care and support services may be limited. Social distancing may change the nature and timing of regular social interactions, making it harder to get support from their usual network of family and friends. Our study team wants to better understand survivors and caregivers social support needs, networks, and interactions during the pandemic, and how these connect with stress and wellbeing. This will help us develop strategies for improving or maintaining social support and wellbeing during crises, and beyond. We are enrolling cancer survivors who received at least one cancer diagnosis in the past 5 years and who have a care partner or close support person who is also willing to participate. Both participants must be 18 years old or better. All study activities are completed online or by phone, so no travel or in-person contact is required. Participants will receive up to $150 in gift cards for completing the study.


For more information contact:

Kelly Mansfield

IRB#: IRB_00132061 | PI: Kristin Cloyes | Department: NURSING FACULTY | Approval Date: 2020-05-05 15:13:00
Study Categories: All Cancer Studies, Breast Cancer Studies, COVID-19 Studies, Colon Cancer Studies, Lung Cancer Studies, Mental Health and Well-being Studies, Prostate Cancer Studies | Specialties: Cancer Epidemiology, Cancer Survivorship, Oncology, Oncology Nursing, Oncology Surgery, Social Work

Who can participate?

 Gender: All

 Age: Over 18 years old

 Volunteers: Healthy Volunteers

 Location: From Home

 COVID-19 Study

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Cancer survivor: Any cancer diagnosis during past 5 years; must have a care partner or support person also willing to participate

Will I be paid for my time?


Last Updated: 4/5/21