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Table 3 Detrimental external factors that led to emotional burden among family caregivers in the context of a difficult decision-making process (Path 1)

From: Ethical challenges in family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer – a qualitative study

External factors that led to emotional burden
Insufficient Time • To make the decision
• To confront the situation
• To reevaluate the situation
• To prepare for what is to come
Insufficient Information • About the consequences of the decision for their loved ones and their suffering
• About the length of time
• Discrepancy: “For a long time nothing is said, and then come sudden announcements”
Insufficient Support • From the social environment
• From the family
• From physicians / specialist outpatient palliative care teams
• From the patient