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Variations in grief, anxiety, depression, and health among family caregivers before and after the death of a close person in the context of palliative home care

Journal article
Authors M. Holm
K. Arestedt
Joakim Öhlen
A. Alvariza
Published in Death Studies
Pages 1-9
ISSN 0748-1187
Publication year 2019
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 1-9
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2019.15...
Keywords of-life care, support group program, theoretical framework, anticipatory, grief, complicated grief, hospital anxiety, loved one, cancer, bereavement, term
Subject categories Psychology

Abstract

This article investigates longitudinal variations in grief, self-rated health, and symptoms of anxiety and depression among family caregivers in palliative care. Data were taken from a randomized psycho-educational intervention trial and were collected at four time-points; at baseline, upon completion, 2 months later, and 6 months after the patient's death. In total, 117 family caregivers completed all questionnaires. The participants' grief was stable across the measurements, while anxiety, depression, and health varied significantly (p < 0.05). No significant differences were found between the intervention or control group. In conclusion, grief emerged as a constant phenomenon, distinct from symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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