Hospice Caregiver depression: The evidence surrounding the greatest pain of all

Debra Parker Oliver, David L. Albright, Karla Washington, Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Ashley Gage, Megan Mooney, George Demiris

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Terminal illness affects the entire family, both the one with the illness and their loved ones. These loved ones must deal not only with the loss but with the challenges of managing daily care. The purpose of the systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature was to identify and explore depression and related interventions for caregivers of hospice patients. While the prevalence of depression reported in the identified studies of hospice caregivers ranges from 26-57%, few interventions specific to this population have been tested and the research methods have been only moderately rigorous.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-271
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Caregiving
  • Depression
  • Hospice


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