Journal article

Meeting the needs of family carers: an evaluation of three home-based palliative care services in Australia

Kristina Thomas, Peter Hudson, Lynn Oldham, Brian Kelly, Tom Trauer

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

While policy promotes comprehensive assessment of family career needs and a plan to adequately meet family career needs within palliative care, there is a lack of studies in the Australian context which examine the current type of assessment and types of care provided to family carers. The aims of this study were (1) to determine how career needs are currently assessed and what level of support is available to family carers in three home-based palliative care services within Australia, (2) identify areas for improvement of support to carers and, (3) explore the barriers to offering career support. A focus group and file audit were conducted at two metropolitan and one regional home-based pal..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge all of the associate investigators and other partners on this project for their assistance in developing the project: Michael Summers, Linda Kristjanson, Vicky White, Chris Hall, Jackie Kearney, Anne Oakley, Kelli Stajduhar. We would also like to acknowledge the Victorian Government Department of Human Services for being a partner on this project; the clinical sites who were partners in this project including Melbourne Citymission Palliative Care; and all of the research staff involved in this project. This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).