Family Caregiver Communication and Perceptions of Involvement in Hospice Care

Archana Bharadwaj, Debra Parker Oliver, Karla T. Washington, Jacquelyn Benson, Kyle Pitzer, Patrick White, George Demiris

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Background: The burden of caregiving for family members is significant and becomes particularly challenging at end of life, with negative effects on mental health, including anxiety and depression. Research has shown caregivers need better communication with their health care team. Objectives: To evaluate the relationship between hospice team communication with caregivers and caregiver involvement in care. Methods: The purpose of this secondary analysis of data collected from a U.S.-based cluster crossover randomized trial was to evaluate whether caregiver-centered communication (Caregiver-Centered Communication Questionnaire) is associated with a caregiver's perceptions of involvement in care (Perceived Involved in Care Scale). A block-wise approach was used to estimate linear models, which were created using total scores and subscale scores. Results: Caregiver-centered communication was positively associated with perceptions of involvement in care. Conclusion: Skilled communication between hospice clinicians and family caregivers is critical in helping family members perception they are involved in the care of their loved one. There could be similar benefit in caregiver-centered communication during cancer treatment as well.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • caregiver
  • caregiver communication
  • communication
  • hospice
  • involvement in care


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