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Caregivers in Palliative Care: Roles and Responsibilities 

Caregivers in Palliative Care: Roles and Responsibilities
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Caregivers in Palliative Care: Roles and Responsibilities
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Myra Glajchen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0021
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date: 09 April 2020

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Definitions of palliative care embrace the patient and family as the unit of care.

Involvement of family caregivers is essential for optimal treatment of the patient with advanced medical illness.

Family caregivers carry out a wide range of support tasks that span the entire trajectory of disease and include unique physical, psychosocial, and spiritual domains.

Caregivers have their own emotional responses to the patients' diagnosis and prognosis, and they require interventions targeted toward their specific needs.

The multifaceted role of family caregivers is demanding, posing significant challenges for the palliative care team.

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