PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to pilot test the effectiveness of using recently developed clinical guidelines from Australia for conducting palliative care family meetings in Japan. METHODS: Palliative care family meetings were conducted using clinical guidelines with 15 primary family carers of cancer patients who were admitted to an acute care hospital in Japan. Using the pre-family meeting questionnaire, the primary carers were asked to write key concerns to discuss during the family meetings and rate their concerns via a numerical rating scale: how upset/worried they were about the problem, frequency in which problem occurs, life interference with the problem, and the confidence to deal with the problem. Within 3 days after the meeting, the primary carers were asked to complete the post-meeting questionnaire to evaluate the effectiveness of the family meeting. RESULTS: There was a significant improvement in family carers' psychological well-being in the post-meeting questionnaires compared to the pre-meeting questionnaires as follows: how upset/worried they were about the problem, t(14)?=?3.1071, p?
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
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Fukui, M., Iwase, S., Sakata, N., Kuroda, Y., Yoshiuchi, K., Nakagawa, K., Quinn, K., & Hudson, P. (2012). Effectiveness of using clinical guidelines for conducting palliative care family meetings in Japan. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-012-1491-y