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Family caregiving in hospitals and palliative care units

Betty Ferrell, Tami Borneman and Chan Thai

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/9780199216901.003.0008
Family caregiving in hospitals and palliative care units

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This chapter provides an overview of the significant challenges imposed by admission of a patient to an in-patient setting in hospitals and palliative care units and strategies for supporting family carers in these settings. The findings reveal that the intensive care unit (ICU) is an especially stressful environment for family carers and they often experience a sense of helplessness and a loss of control during hospitalization. To address this issue, well-orchestrated family conference and strategies to enhance professional-caregiver communication are essential.

Keywords: control; palliative care units; helplessness; communication; intensive care; hospitalization; family conference

Chapter.  7388 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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