Qualitative evaluation of a problem-solving intervention for informal hospice caregivers

Karla T. Washington, George Demiris, Debra Parker Oliver, Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Edith Crumb

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Background: Informal hospice caregivers may experience compromised well-being as a result of significant stress. Although quite limited, problem-solving interventions with this population have garnered empirical support for improved caregiver well-being. Aim: Researchers sought to answer the following question: which specific intervention processes impacted informal hospice caregivers who participated in a problem-solving intervention? Design: Researchers conducted a thematic analysis of open-ended exit interviews with informal hospice caregivers who had participated in a structured problem-solving intervention. Setting/participants: Participants were friends and family members who provided unpaid care for a home hospice patient receiving services from one of two hospice agencies located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Results: During their participation in the problem-solving intervention, caregivers actively reflected on caregiving, structured problemsolving efforts, partnered with interventionists, resolved problems, and gained confidence and control. Conclusions: The study findings provide much needed depth to the field's understanding of problem-solving interventions for informal hospice caregivers and can be used to enhance existing support services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1018-1024
Number of pages7
JournalPalliative Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • caregivers
  • hospices
  • intervention studies
  • problem solving
  • qualitative research


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