New Guideline! Psychosocial and bereavement support of family caregivers of palliative care patients, Centre for Palliative Care, Melbourne Australia (PDF 630 KB)
Most family caregivers will adequately respond to their role and even identify positive aspects associated with their experience. However, a considerable proportion of family caregivers will experience poor psychological, social, financial, spiritual and physical well-being and some will also suffer from prolonged grief. It is clear that many family caregivers have unmet needs and would like more information, education, preparation and personal support to assist them in the caregiving role. There is also a shortage of evidence-based strategies to guide health professionals to provide optimal support whilst the caregiver is providing care and after the patient's death. [The] research team [at the Centre for Palliative Care] ... has developed Clinical Practice Guidelines for the psychosocial and bereavement support of family caregivers of palliative care patients. The guidelines were developed for multidisciplinary health care professionals and clinical services commonly involved in caring for adult patients receiving palliative care in a variety of care sites throughout Australia. The guidelines may also prove valuable for the international palliative care community and for generalist health care providers who may occasionally care for palliative care patients. Download the guideline from http://www.centreforpallcare.org/assets/uploads/CP-Guidelines_web.pdf (PDF 630 KB)
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The difficult balance between maintaining hope and truth telling, especially as it applies to giving bad news.
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Here are eight tasks that guide you in responding to patient emotion:
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Confronting our own mortality
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The definitions and clinical features that distinguish these conditions
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A common question asked by dying adults or their family members is What do I tell the children?
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Caring for a dying patient who has a physician-family member provides challenges and opportunities.
- # 156 Evaluating Requests for Hastened Death
Guidance on how to evaluate and initially respond to a patient who raises the topic of a hastened death.
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Symptoms of burnout and its personal and professional consequences.
- # 169 Health Professional Burnout - Part III
strategies to avoid burnout while sustaining personal and professional health, integrity, and growth.
- # 170 Health Professional Burnout - Part IV
Assessment tools used in health professional research.
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Issues in health professional-patient boundaries in palliative care.
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Clinicians' emotional responses to patient care.
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Differences in end-of-life care and values between African Americans and the population as a whole.
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