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Supporting Families and Family Caregivers in Palliative Care 

Supporting Families and Family Caregivers in Palliative Care
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Supporting Families and Family Caregivers in Palliative Care
Author(s):

Kelli I. Stajduhar

, and J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0032
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date: 18 August 2019

This chapter investigates best practices for nurses who are involved in supporting families and family caregivers in palliative care. It views the family as a specialized unit of care which contributes to the healthcare system in a substantive way. There are significant implications for families and family caregivers in taking on these responsibilities, and nurses play a vital part in maintaining the integrity and health of the family and family caregiver. With a focus on palliative care, specific suggestions are made for nurses’ assessments in identifying needs and providing subsequent interventions. Particular sites of care (home, acute, etc.) and implications arising from a range of disease categories are discussed. The chapter concludes with recommendations for identifying community resources.

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