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Family Carers in Palliative CareA guide for health and social care professionals$
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Peter Hudson and Sheila Payne

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216901

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.001.0001

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Family caregiving in hospitals and palliative care units

Family caregiving in hospitals and palliative care units

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(p.131) Chapter 8 Family caregiving in hospitals and palliative care units
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Family Carers in Palliative Care
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Betty Ferrell

Tami Borneman

Chan Thai

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0008

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

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