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

Peter Hudson and Sheila Payne


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 other non-professional, informal carers. Consequently, health and social care professionals find carer support work particularly challenging. Symptom management, personal care, and administering medications are just some of the tasks taken on by this group of non-professionals, and the impact of this role can have nega ... More

Keywords: palliative care, family carers, intervention studies, unmet needs, policy, research issues

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216901
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Hudson, editor
Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Palliative Care Education and Research, St Vincent's Hospital and The University of Melbourne, Australia

Sheila Payne, editor
Professor, Help the Hospices Chair in Hospice Studies, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK
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