The Melbourne Family Support Program: evidence-based strategies that prepare family caregivers for supporting palliative care patients.
Peter Hudson, Sanchia Aranda
BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: A key component of palliative care is support for family caregivers. Although some family caregivers identify positive aspects, the impact is typically burdensome; they are prone to physical and psychological morbidity, financial disadvantage and social isolation. Outcomes of systematic reviews have highlighted the importance of investment in family caregiver intervention research. PURPOSE: To provide an overview of the development, evaluation and outcomes arising from of a programme of research (The Melbourne Family Support Program (FSP)), which focused on reducing the psychosocial burden of family caregivers. METHODS: Developmental work involved a systematic literature review; ..View full abstract