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Benefits of Early Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers 

Benefits of Early Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers
Benefits of Early Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers

Emily J. Martin

, and Eric J. Roeland

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date: 15 December 2019

This chapter summarizes the Dionne-Odom et al. randomized controlled trial evaluating the benefits of an early, nurse-led palliative care intervention to caregivers of patients with advanced cancer. The study examined the impact of early (at diagnosis) versus delayed (12 weeks later) intervention on caregiver quality of life, depressed mood, and burden. The study showed that early intervention caregivers had lower depression scores at three months compared to the delayed group caregivers. Terminal decline analyses also showed lower depression and stress burden scores in the caregivers who received the early intervention. This chapter describes the basics of the study, including funding, year study began, year study was published, study location, who was studied, who was excluded, how many patients, study design, study intervention, follow-up, endpoints, results, and criticism and limitations. The chapter briefly reviews other relevant studies and information, gives a summary and discusses implications, and concludes with a clinical case.

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