A primary goal in hospice philosophy is to enhance quality of life for both patients and families. Informal family caregivers are essential for the provision of hospice services, but past research has demonstrated a social, emotional, financial, and physical toll associated with this role. The present study investigated self-reported caregiver quality of life in four domains upon patient admission to hospice (n=76) and 1 month later (n=45). Significant decreases were found for emotional, social, and total quality of life. Average social quality of life was initially the highest domain but became the lowest after 1 month. Physical quality of life was lowest initially and decreased slightly. Interpretations and implications of results are given.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care|
|State||Published - 2008|
- Palliative care
- Quality of life