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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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Prehospital emergency providers (emergency medical technicians [EMTs] and paramedics) who respond to emergency calls for patients near the end of life (EOL) make critical decisions in the field about initiating care and transport to an emergency department. OBJECTIVE To identify how a sample of prehospital providers learned about EOL care,(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)
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)
PURPOSE This study explored the psychosocial dynamics of short hospice stays (less than 2 weeks) of cancer patients age 65 and older. DESIGN AND METHODS In-depth interviews with 59 caregivers of 50 patients were audiotaped, transcribed, and coded by using Atlas ti software. RESULTS A descriptive typology is presented. A late diagnosis (n = 22 or 44%)(More)
The number of older people with intellectual disabilities (IDs) is increasing in parallel to the lengthening life expectancy of the overall population. Little is known about the needs of older people with IDs who are at life's end. Service providers who offer direct care to people with IDs have begun to develop partnerships with hospice and palliative care(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)