Journal article

A systematic review of instruments related to family caregivers of palliative care patients

Peter L Hudson, Tom Trauer, Suzanne Graham, Gunn Grande, Gail Ewing, Sheila Payne, Kelli I Stajduhar, Kristina Thomas

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

Support for family caregivers is a core function of palliative care. However, there is a lack of consistency in the way needs are assessed, few longitudinal studies to examine the impact of caregiving, and a dearth of evidence-based interventions. In order to help redress this situation, identification of suitable instruments to examine the caregiving experience and the effectiveness of interventions is required. A systematic literature review was undertaken incorporating representatives of the European Association for Palliative Care's International Palliative Care Family Caregiver Research Collaboration and Family Carer Taskforce. The aim of the review was to identify articles that describ..

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