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Family Caregiver Communication Goals and Messages 

Family Caregiver Communication Goals and Messages
Family Caregiver Communication Goals and Messages

Joy Goldsmith

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date: 30 September 2020

This chapter features the importance of the family but particularly the family caregiver, who is placed by circumstance and family systems in formidable decision-making positions for loved ones who are seriously, chronically, or terminally ill. Underscored by the National Consensus Project’s Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, the positioning of the family caregiver as the second-order patient can be addressed by attending to the communication goals, private information needs, and communication climate that each caregiver navigates. A caregiver typology is explicated throughout this chapter, featuring case studies, which highlight each caregiver communication type. Clinical interventions, research implications, and educational imperatives are suggested as they relate to this caregiver communication typology.

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