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Communicating with family carers

Barbara Monroe and David Oliviere

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0001
Communicating with family carers

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This chapter focuses on the family in terms of a social care and family systems approach in palliative care. It outlines some of the communication issues and challenges to family work in palliative care and considers the family as a group with the patient as an integral part instead of simply addressing the needs of family carers as a separate entity. It stresses the need to focus on altering public attitudes and enhancing family and community resilience and capacity so that families and communities themselves are resourced and enabled to respond sensitively and compassionately to the needs of the dying and the bereaved.

Keywords: family systems approach; palliative care; social care; bereavement

Chapter.  7736 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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