A Comparison of Support Needs Between Rural and Urban Family Caregivers Providing Palliative Care

Kevin Brazil*, Sharon Kaasalainen, Allison Williams, Serge Dumont

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Abstract

The present study examined the support needs for urban and rural family caregivers of a palliative family member using a cross-sectional telephone survey in northeastern Ontario, Canada (n = 140; 70 urban, 70 rural). Support needs identified as most important by both the groups were informational. Rural caregivers reported greater unmet needs in tangible support (P =.01). No differences were observed between the groups for emotional or informational support needs (P =.25 and P =.35, respectively). Rural and urban caregivers perceived care for care recipients as accessible (mean accessibility score 1.9, standard deviation [SD] = 0.09 and 1.7, SD = 0.7, respectively, P =.20); the majority indicated that when needed, services were easily and quickly obtained. Although there are similarities in the formal care experiences, rural caregivers experience greater unmet needs in receiving support for instrumental activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-19
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jan 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • end-of-life care
  • informal caregivers
  • palliative care
  • rural
  • support needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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