Journal article

Psychological and Social Profile of Family Caregivers on Commencement of Palliative Care

Peter L Hudson, Kristina Thomas, Thomas Trauer, Cheryl Remedios, David Clarke

JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2011

Abstract

CONTEXT: Palliative care services are required to support patients who have advanced, life-threatening, noncurable disease, and their family caregivers. Comprehensive psychological and social support for bereaved family members also is expected. However, recent systematic reviews have demonstrated significant gaps in evidence-based approaches for such support. Furthermore, a comprehensive understanding of the psychological and social response to the family caregiver role is required for support to be optimized. OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine the psychological and social profile of family caregivers on commencement of receiving palliative care services. METHODS: A self-report questionnaire ..

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