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Informal carers of dependants with advanced disease

Jonathan Koffman and Penny Snow

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0020
Informal carers of dependants with advanced disease

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This chapter first attempts to define informal care. It then reviews the sources of stress and satisfaction associated with looking after a dependant in order to understand the milieu of care. Many of the issues relating to carers of cancer patients may well be common to other carers irrespective of the disease the patient is suffering. Lastly, it suggests areas where informal carers and their dependants could be better served by health and social care services.

Keywords: informal care; patient care; informal caring; caregivers

Chapter.  6149 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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