Family care before and after bereavement Journal Article


Authors: Kissane, D.; Lichtenthal, W. G.; Zaider, T.
Article Title: Family care before and after bereavement
Abstract: Distress reverberates throughout the family during palliative care and bereavement, inviting consideration of a family-centered model of care. Targeting families thought to be "at risk" has merit. The Family Focused Grief Therapy model was tested in a randomized controlled trial of 81 families (353 individuals) and bereavement outcome is reported here for treatment completers compared to controls. There were no significant baseline differences between treatment completers and non-completers. Significant reduction in distress occurred at 13 months post death for the families completing treatment, with further improvements for the 10% of individuals most distressed at baseline. A preventive model of family-centered care applied to those at greatest risk is meritorious and in keeping with the aspirations of Cicely Saunders for improving the quality of hospice care. © 2007, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
Keywords: adult; controlled study; middle aged; clinical trial; controlled clinical trial; randomized controlled trial; social environment; time; time factors; questionnaires; questionnaire; psychological aspect; bereavement; family therapy; family; hospice care
Journal Title: Omega: Journal of Death and Dying
Volume: 56
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0030-2228
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.  
Date Published: 2007-01-01
Start Page: 21
End Page: 32
Language: English
DOI: 10.2190/OM.56.1.c
PUBMED: 18051017
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: --- - "Cited By (since 1996): 4" - "Export Date: 17 November 2011" - "Source: Scopus"
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  1. David W Kissane
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  2. Talia I Zaider
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