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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160526
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Family Caregiver Perception of Hospice Support
Abstract:
Family Caregiver Perception of Hospice Support
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Raleigh, Edith
P.I. Institution Name:Madonna University
Title:Dean of Graduate Studies & Research
Contact Address:College of Nursing & Health, 36600 Schoolcraft Road, Room 2404, Livonia, MI, 48150-1173, USA
Hospice staff often must defend the position that their services support family caregivers and enable them to keep their loved ones at home rather than in a more expensive inpatient setting. A dearth of supportive research literature adds to the problem. This ex-post facto descriptive study, using Roy's adaptation model as a framework, examined family caregiver perception of hospice support and explored factors that influence the decision to care for a loved one at home. The convenience sample consisted of 19 primary family caregivers of hospice patients. Instruments included a hospice staff support questionnaire, a demographic questionnaire, and a bereavement interview guide. Consenting families were identified and data were collected with a bereavement interview 4 - 6 weeks after death of the loved one. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The caregivers were primarily female spouses or children of the patient. Mean age of caregivers was 59 (S.D.=13.76). Mean length of caring time was 2.71 years (S.D.=5.89) with a mode of 1.0 year. All participants reported satisfaction with the decision to keep the patient at home. Asked to rank factors that influenced the decision to keep the patient at home, responders identified desire to be with patient, to help patient, and hospice staff support as the top three. The primary influencing factor in making the decision was hospice staff availability. Using the hospice staff support questionnaire as an indicator, hospice was highly supportive in several key ways. The results of this study demonstrate that family caregivers perceive hospice support to be essential to their ability to care for their loved ones at home through specific supportive activities. The findings assist hospice to document their value to grieving families. Additional research using a larger sample is needed to document the cost savings obtained by using home hospice care.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFamily Caregiver Perception of Hospice Supporten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160526-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Family Caregiver Perception of Hospice Support</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Raleigh, Edith</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Madonna University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Dean of Graduate Studies &amp; Research</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing &amp; Health, 36600 Schoolcraft Road, Room 2404, Livonia, MI, 48150-1173, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">eraleigh@madonna.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Hospice staff often must defend the position that their services support family caregivers and enable them to keep their loved ones at home rather than in a more expensive inpatient setting. A dearth of supportive research literature adds to the problem. This ex-post facto descriptive study, using Roy's adaptation model as a framework, examined family caregiver perception of hospice support and explored factors that influence the decision to care for a loved one at home. The convenience sample consisted of 19 primary family caregivers of hospice patients. Instruments included a hospice staff support questionnaire, a demographic questionnaire, and a bereavement interview guide. Consenting families were identified and data were collected with a bereavement interview 4 - 6 weeks after death of the loved one. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The caregivers were primarily female spouses or children of the patient. Mean age of caregivers was 59 (S.D.=13.76). Mean length of caring time was 2.71 years (S.D.=5.89) with a mode of 1.0 year. All participants reported satisfaction with the decision to keep the patient at home. Asked to rank factors that influenced the decision to keep the patient at home, responders identified desire to be with patient, to help patient, and hospice staff support as the top three. The primary influencing factor in making the decision was hospice staff availability. Using the hospice staff support questionnaire as an indicator, hospice was highly supportive in several key ways. The results of this study demonstrate that family caregivers perceive hospice support to be essential to their ability to care for their loved ones at home through specific supportive activities. The findings assist hospice to document their value to grieving families. Additional research using a larger sample is needed to document the cost savings obtained by using home hospice care.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:01:42Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:01:42Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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