Family Carers in Palliative Care: A guide for health and social care professionals

Paperback | December 15, 2008

EditorPeter Hudson, Sheila Payne

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Support for the family is a key component of palliative care practice and philosophy, with both patient and family construed as the 'unit of care'. However, there is not always formal acknowledgement of the importance of the family carer role, or that of friends, neighbours and othernon-professional, informal carers. Consequently, health and social care professionals find carer support work particularly challenging. Symptom management, personal care, and administering of medications are just some of the tasks taken on by this group of non-professionals, and the impact of thisrole can have negative emotional, physical, financial and social implications on the care-giver. Furthermore, family carers consistently report unmet needs, and there has been a lack of intervention studies aimed at improving carer support.This book therefore provides an evidence-based, practical guide to enable health and social care professionals to assess and respond to family carer needs. It also explores the wider sociological, policy, and research issues related to family carers and palliative care.

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Support for the family is a key component of palliative care practice and philosophy, with both patient and family construed as the 'unit of care'. However, there is not always formal acknowledgement of the importance of the family carer role, or that of friends, neighbours and othernon-professional, informal carers. Consequently, heal...

Peter Hudson is associate professor and the Director of the Centre for Palliative Care Education and Research, an academic unit located within St Vincent's Hospital, affiliated with The University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). Peter is a member of the Department of Human Services Palliative Care Implementation Advisory Committee...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199216908

ISBN - 13:9780199216901

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1. Barbara Monroe and David Oliviere: Communicating with famly carers2. Allan Kellehear: Understanding the social and cultural dimensions of family caregiving3. Rosalie Hudson: Responding to family carers' spiritual needs4. Hilary Arksey and Anne Corden: Policy initiatives for family carers5. Jennifer Hunt: Family carers in resource poor countries6. Michael Ashby and Danuta Mendelson: Family carers: ethical and legal issues7. Kevin Brazil: Assessing family carer satisfaction with health care delivery8. Betty Ferrell, Tami Borneman and Chan Thai: Family caregiving in hospitals and pallative care units9. Kelli Stajduhar and Robin Cohen: Family caregiving in the home10. Mike Nolan and Rosalie Hudson: Family and palliative care in care homes for older people life-threatening illness11. Sharon De Graves and Jenny Hynson: Family carers of children confronting life-threatening illness12. Donna Milne and Karen Quinn: Family carers of people with advanced cancer13. Janice Brown and Julia Addington-Hall: Family carers of people with advanced organ failure and neurodegenerative disorders14. Sheila Payne and Liz Rolls: Support for bereaved family carers15. Peter Hudson and Sheila Payne: The future of family caregiving: Research, social policy and clinical pratice