'They're part of the team': Participant evaluation of the ACTIVE intervention

Debra Parker Oliver, K. T. Washington, E. Wittenberg-Lyles, G. Demiris, D. Porock

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This study used participant feedback to qualitatively evaluate an intervention (Assessing Caregivers for Team Intervention through Videophone Encounters [ACTIVE]) that used videophone technology to include patients and/or their family caregivers in hospice interdisciplinary team meetings. Data were generated during individual interviews with hospice staff members and family caregivers who participated in ACTIVE intervention. Modified grounded theory procedures served as the primary analysis strategy. Results indicated that ACTIVE intervention enhanced team functioning in terms of context, structure, processes and outcomes. Participants discussed challenges and offered corresponding recommendations to make the intervention more efficient and effective. Data supported the ACTIVE intervention as a way for hospice providers to more fully realise their goal of maximum patient and family participation in care planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-555
Number of pages7
JournalPalliative Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 14 2009


  • Caregivers
  • Family
  • Hospice care
  • Patient care team
  • Patients
  • Telemedicine


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