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ERIC Number: ED258130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 12
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Needs for Psychosocial Support in Home Care Hospice Patients.
Gotay, Carolyn Cook
There is little research documenting the psychosocial support needs of hospice patients and their families. To assess hospice patients' and families' use of and perceptions of need for support, 77 patients and their families were interviewed during home care for terminal illness (Group 1), and 50 family members (84% spouses) were interviewed 1 year after the patient's death (Group 2). The interviews included questions related to physical and psychosocial functioning and service use. The results indicated respondents received and perceived a need for a variety of services, including nursing care, homemaking, physician home visits, and patient and family counseling. Perceptions of need were greater after the patient's death than during the home care period, suggesting that families often may not recognize or communicate their needs. Caregivers need to encourage self-reliance in patients and families while providing them with the support they require. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada