Journal article

Reducing the psychological distress of family caregivers of home-based palliative care patients: short-term effects from a randomised controlled trial

Peter Hudson, Tom Trauer, Brian Kelly, Moira O'Connor, Kristina Thomas, Michael Summers, Rachel Zordan, Vicki White

PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2013


BACKGROUND: Palliative care is expected to incorporate comprehensive support for family caregivers given that many caregivers suffer psychological morbidity. However, systematically implemented evidence-based psychological support initiatives are lacking. AIM: The objective of this study was to prepare caregivers for the role of supporting a patient with advanced cancer receiving home-based palliative care by offering a one-to-one psycho-educational intervention. We hypothesised that primary family caregivers who participated in the intervention would report decreased psychological distress (primary outcome), fewer unmet needs and increased levels of perceived preparedness, competence and po..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Professor Linda Kristjanson, VC, of Swinburne University (VIC); Chris Hall, Director, of Australia Centre for Grief & Bereavement (VIC); Dr Kelli Stajduhar, Associate Professor, of Centre for Aging & School of Nursing, University of Victoria, Canada; Anne Oakley, Manager, of Melbourne Citymission Palliative Care; Steve Carmody, General Manager, of Silver Care Hospice (WA); Ruth Jones, Manager Area Cancer & Palliative Care Services, Greater Western Area Health Service (NSW); Helen Wearne, CEO, South East Palliative Care (VIC); the Victorian Government, Department of Human Services; the Research assistants and intervention nurses and Professor Andrew Mackinnon (statistical advisor). The study was supported by the NH & MRC Grant, Commonwealth Department of Health & Aging, and this project received approval by ethics committees of participating clinical sites.