Are family carers part of the care team providing end-of-life care? A qualitative interview study on the collaboration between family and professional carers.
Maarten Vermorgen, Isabel Vandenbogaerde, Chantal Van Audenhove, Peter Hudson, Luc Deliens, Joachim Cohen, Aline De Vleminck
Palliative Medicine | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: The attention of healthcare professionals is directed mainly towards the recipients of care and often insufficiently towards family carers. However, an effective collaboration between professionals and family carers is vital to provide quality palliative and end-of-life care. Such collaboration is under-studied in a palliative care context. AIM: This study aimed to investigate how family carers of people who live at home with a life-limiting chronic illness experience and perceive collaboration with different healthcare professionals in the last phase of life. DESIGN: Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted with the primary family carers of people with a life-limit..View full abstract