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Measuring What Matters for Families and Caregivers: But How? (SA505)

An abstract of a study by Tucker et al defining the barriers and opportunities associated with measuring family and caregiver satisfaction with palliative care services in inpatient and ambulatory settings is presented. Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys which are mandated by CMS and the subsequent Value Based Purchasing payment system has brought increased attention to the potential effects of quality PC services through an emphasis on communication skills, coordination of care, pain management and goals of care discussions.

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Thu, 03/28/2019 - 18:36

Family Caregiving in Critical Illness: Research Opportunities and Considerations

Family caregivers provide essential support, information, and surrogate decision making for critically ill patients and are recognized as important care partners with the clinical team in the intensive care unit (ICU). Unfortunately, many family members who assume a caregiving role during critical illness also experience the detrimental effects of this stressful life event. 

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 13:34

Family caregiving: Updates from the field

The data on family caregiving is sobering and it behooves all to become familiar with several recent monographs and reports from the field. Happ looks at some reports that provide important data and evidence useful as caregivers develop, test, and implement best, conscientious practices in the discharge of older adults from acute care settings.

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 13:28

Challenges and support for family caregivers of glioma patients

Glioma patients are not only confronted with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, but also with disease-specific symptoms that greatly affect everyday life. Common symptoms among patients include motor dysfunction, sensory loss, seizures, cognitive deficits, changes in behaviour and personality, mood issues, and fatigue. This review focuses on family caregivers, for whom dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumour in their loved one while managing disease-specific symptoms can be challenging.

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:14

Supporting relatives and carers at the end of a patient's life

All doctors, irrespective of their specialty or the setting in which they work, will care for patients who die. Around half of all deaths occur in hospitals. Evidence suggests that the quality of communication around this process is poorer in hospitals than in other settings, according to responses from relatives who have experienced bereavement. Over half of NHS complaints concern care of the dying.This article discusses how to best support relatives and carers at the end of a patient's life.

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:08

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