The Carers' Alert Thermometer (CAT): an instrument to identify the family carers' needs whilst providing end of life care in the home

Knighting, Katherine, O'Brien, Mary, Roe, Brenda, Nolan, M, Lloyd-Williams, M, Gandy, R, Pine, K and Jack, Barbara (2015) The Carers' Alert Thermometer (CAT): an instrument to identify the family carers' needs whilst providing end of life care in the home. 14th World Congress for the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), May 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract

Background: International policy promotes the choice of a home death for dying patients, placing substantial demands on family carers. Recognising the burden on carers, research has highlighted the need for effective support of family carers. To prevent crisis situations & avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, which are of global concern, it is necessary to identify carer needs and provide appropriate interventions to support them in their role. There are no evidence-based instruments used by non-specialist staff going into patients’ homes to assess carers’ needs whilst they provide end-of-life care. Aim: To explore what professionals and carers of patients in their last year of life find burdensome & develop an alert system for use by non-specialist staff.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 14:58
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/6473

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