Guidelines for the psychosocial and bereavement support of family caregivers of palliative care patients

Peter L Hudson, Cheryl Remedios, Rachel Zordan, Kristina Thomas, Diane Clifton, Michael Crewdson, Christopher Hall, Thomas Trauer, Amanda Bolleter, David Murray Clarke, Catherine Bauld

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Support for family caregivers, including bereavement follow-up, is a core function of palliative care. Many caregivers acknowledge positive aspects associated with the role; however a considerable proportion will experience poor psychological, social, financial, spiritual, and physical well-being and some will suffer from complicated grief. Many family caregivers have unmet needs and would like more information, preparation, and support to assist them in the caregiving role. There is a shortage of evidence-based strategies to guide health professionals in providing optimal support while the caregiver is providing care and after the patient s death
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696 - 702
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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