Deborah P. Waldrop

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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)
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)
The development of empathy and positive attitudes are essential elements of professional education. This study explored the nature of empathy and its association with attitudes about, and exposure to older patients in a sample of dental students. Students completed an adapted version of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE), the Aging Semantic(More)
Despite increasing utilization of hospice care, older adults with cancer enroll in hospice for shorter periods of time than those with other life-limiting illnesses. How older adults with cancer and their family members consider hospice is unknown. The purpose of this study was to compare decision making in late-stage cancer in people who enrolled in(More)
CONTEXT Family members of people with advanced cancer can experience intensified distress and uncertainty during the final stages of their loved one's illness. Enhanced comprehension about disease progression, symptom management, and options for care can help families adapt, cope, and plan for the future. OBJECTIVES Guided by concepts from the Sense of(More)
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