Qualitative evaluation of a problem-solving intervention for informal hospice caregivers

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Abstract

Background:

Informal hospice caregivers may experience compromised well-being as a result of significant stress. Although quite limited, problem-solving interventions with this population have garnered empirical support for improved caregiver well-being.

Aim:

Researchers sought to answer the following question: which specific intervention processes impacted informal hospice caregivers who participated in a problem-solving intervention?

Design:

Researchers conducted a thematic analysis of open-ended exit interviews with informal hospice caregivers who had participated in a structured problem-solving intervention.

Setting/participants:

Participants were friends and family members who provided unpaid care for a home hospice patient receiving services from one of two hospice agencies located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Results:

During their participation in the problem-solving intervention, caregivers actively reflected on caregiving, structured problemsolving efforts, partnered with interventionists, resolved problems, and gained confidence and control.

Conclusions:

The study findings provide much needed depth to the field's understanding of problem-solving interventions for informal hospice caregivers and can be used to enhance existing support services.

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