Journal article

Use of the Preparedness for Caregiving Scale in Palliative Care: A Rasch Evaluation Study

Anette Henriksson, Peter Hudson, Joakim Ohlen, Kristina Thomas, Maja Holm, Ida Carlander, Peter Hagell, Kristofer Arestedt

JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

CONTEXT: Studies have shown that family carers who feel more prepared for the caregiver role tend to have more favorable experiences. Valid and reliable methods are needed to identify family carers who may be less prepared for the role of supporting a person who needs palliative care. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the measurement properties of the original English version and a Swedish version of the Preparedness for Caregiving Scale (PCS). METHODS: The sample (n = 674) was taken from four different intervention studies from Australia and Sweden, all focused on improving family carers' feelings of preparedness. Family carers of patients receiving palliative home care were..

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