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The family perspective


Lethborg, C and Kissane, DW, The family perspective, Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Oxford Academic, N Cherny, M Fallon, S Kaasa, RK Portenoy and DC Curr (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1101-1109. ISBN 9780199656097 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0176


In considering cancer as an illness that affects not only the patient but their entire family, this chapter offers a model of family-centred care to encourage an understanding of the impact of illness on the family, the family in the caregiver role, and the needs of family-based caregivers. From a clinical perspective, the authors offer a guide for assessing these families for interventions, including the use of open communication and information provision, the recognition of past patterns of relating, the encouragement of acceptance of support, discussions with the family as a whole, and support during unpreventable emotional suffering that families experience. Specific interventions described include preventive and supportive interventions, interventions that challenge dysfunction, and interventions with the family when a patient is dying. Family-centred care is challenging as a paradigm but a useful harness to improved quality of life, one that warrants the effort involved to ease the suffering of all.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:family centred care, cancer, palliative care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Family care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Palliative care
UTAS Author:Lethborg, C (Dr Carolyn Lethborg)
ID Code:153773
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-10-05
Last Modified:2022-10-18

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