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Factors influencing confidence in hospice caregivers at end of life
by Pearson, Dairine, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 63; 1486435
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine factors related to the level of confidence of hospice caregivers providing end of life care. Data were collected from Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (FEHC) surveys ( n=247) completed between April 2008 and March 2009 by caregivers of hospice patients from Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care in Santa Barbara, California. The study examined the relationships between caregiver confidence and the need for more information, the perceived timing of referral to hospice, length of time on hospice and demographic factors.

Results indicated significant relationships between level of confidence and the need for more information and the perceived timing of referral. No significant relationships were found between level of confidence and length of stay and the caregiver's demographic characteristics of age, ethnicity or level of education.

These findings suggest that information and timely referral are important to caregivers of hospice patients.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1486435
ISBN: 978-1-124-24232-3
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