Family Caregivers and Palliative Care: Current Status and Agenda for the Future

Peter Hudson, Sheila Payne

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Abstract

The quality of life of the person confronting the end stages of their life may be severely compromised without the support of family caregivers. Indeed, most people requiring palliative care would not be able to fulfill their preferences, such as care at home, without significant family caregiver input. As a consequence, health services are mandated to support the family alongside the person diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. In short, palliative care is supposed to be family centred. However, the quality and type of support made available to family caregivers has been questioned. The purpose of this review is to outline a succinct and empirically informed account of family caregiving within the context of palliative care and to propose an agenda for the future. The appraisal is underpinned by several systematic reviews, and other seminal publications from the last decade.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-869
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Volume14
Issue number7
Early online date20 May 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Nursing(all)

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