The experience of cystectomy caregivers in an enhanced recovery program

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The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of caregivers who have care for cystectomy patients in enhanced recovery programs. Bladder cancer is the 4th most common cancer in men and has the greatest cost burden of all cancers over the life span. There is a push for increased quality of surgery programs including improving outcomes such as decreasing hospital length of stay, decreasing opioid use, and decreasing hospital readmission rates. Enhanced recovery programs are instrumental in helping progress these goals forward. Caregivers are the cornerstone of any surgical team as they assume the care burden before surgery and immediately following hospital discharge. Their experiences and realities are the missing piece in the enhanced recovery program cystectomy literature which warranted the need for this study.

Nursing, Urology caregiver, Cystectomy, Enhanced recovery