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Participants' experiences of a support group intervention for family members during ongoing palliative home care.

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Source
J Palliat Care. 2005;21(4):277-84
Publication Type
Article
Date
2005
Author
Anna Milberg
Kristina Rydstrand
Lena Helander
Maria Friedrichsen
Author Affiliation
Division of Geriatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden.
Source
J Palliat Care. 2005;21(4):277-84
Date
2005
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adaptation, Psychological
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health
Cost of Illness
Evaluation Studies
Family - psychology
Female
Focus Groups
Grief
Group Processes
Home Care Services - organization & administration
Humans
Leadership
Male
Middle Aged
Neoplasms - prevention & control - psychology
Nursing Methodology Research
Palliative Care - organization & administration - psychology
Patient Care Team - organization & administration
Professional-Family Relations
Questionnaires
Self-Help Groups - organization & administration
Social Support
Sweden
Abstract
The aim of this study was to describe family members' experiences of participation in a support group intervention during ongoing palliative home care. Four taped-recorded focus group interviews were conducted (in total, 13 persons) and a questionnaire was completed by 19 of 22 possible family members. The participants experienced increased perception of support and knowledge, and would recommend that a person in a similar situation join a support group. Categories that emerged in the qualitative content analysis concerned "reasons for support group participation", "group composition contributed to group cohesion", "experience and sensitivity of group leader was a catalyst", "meaningful dialogue helped to solve everyday problems", "sense of cohesion increased effectiveness of the group", and "group sessions and post-session reflection increased perception of inner strength". Support groups for family members seem to be a valuable contribution during ongoing palliative home care. The findings are discussed in relation to recruitment into and ending of support groups.
PubMed ID
16483097 View in PubMed
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