Deborah P Waldrop

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Caregivers experience multiple losses during the downhill trajectory of a loved one's terminal illness. Using mixed methods, this two-stage study explored caregiver grief during a terminal illness and after the care recipient's death. Caregiver grief was a state of heightened responsiveness during end-stage care: anxiety, hostility, depression, and trouble(More)
Public education that encourages family discussions about organ and tissue donation can enhance understanding, facilitate a donor's wishes and increase the numbers of donations. Action research methods were used to explore the impact of a student-initiated family discussion about donation. Most discussions were positive; only 7% middle school and 4% high(More)
This study explored distress and coping strategies during and after breast cancer treatment. Open ended interview questions were used to explore stress and coping across the illness trajectory and during continuing care. With permission, 49 of the 50 interviews were audiotaped. Interviews also involved the use of the Impact of Events Scale-Revised (IES-R),(More)
Guided by concepts from the living-dying interval ( Pattison, 1977 ) this study sought to explore family members' experiences with a dying nursing home resident. In-depth interviews were conducted with 31 caregivers of residents who had died. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed. Themes that illuminated families' experiences on the living-dying(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to understand how caregivers make the transition to end-stage caregiving and to illuminate its unique aspects using a stress process model. METHODS Qualitative in-depth interviews were conducted with 74 caregivers of a family member who had been receiving hospice care for at least 2 weeks. Interviews were tape recorded,(More)
Increasing numbers of older people and the decreasing rates of edentulism highlight the importance of dental education that focuses on oral health and aging. This evaluation study assessed dental students' knowledge and beliefs about older people as well as their awareness of the biopsychosocial concerns that are potential barriers to oral health care.(More)
Research on the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and postpartum depression (PPD) is limited. Numerous antecedents and consequences of both IPV and PPD are noted in the literature; however, understanding the mechanisms by which intimate partner violence impacts the postpartum mood are not clearly understood. This study utilized(More)
Dental professionals play a key role in maintaining the well-being of older adults by identifying problems that disturb systemic health. A 3-part instrument was used to assess dental students' knowledge of aging, comfort with patient diversity and patient care strategies (Years 1-4; N = 321). Collaborative education and services were developed by the(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore how staff recognize that a resident is dying and to present a typology of comfort measures. DESIGN Exploratory, descriptive study involving qualitative methods and semistructured in-depth interviews with staff members of one nursing home. SETTING A 120-bed nursing home that is part of a continuum of care from independent living, to(More)
Understanding family dynamics is a key component in providing comprehensive care for persons with progressive illnesses and their caregivers. The purpose of this study was to investigate what families experience during an advancing illness and to describe their pattems of response. In-depth interviews (n=108) were conducted with families two weeks after(More)