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Carers providing end-of-life care at home have limited formal support in managing medications
  1. Joan M Griffin1,
  2. Rachel Havyer2
  1. 1Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  2. 2Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Joan M Griffin, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic, Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA; griffin.joan{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Hospice providers may need to help identify sources of support for caregivers of patients when reviewing medication plans.

  • Further exploration of the types and impact of disagreements on medication management between caregivers and their support network is needed.


Families caring for patients at end-of-life are often expected to provide numerous and complex care tasks while simultaneously coping with their grief and the hospice patient's suffering. Managing hospice patient medications is a critical and complex task, one in which caregivers have been shown to feel ill-prepared.1 This study was designed to characterise caregivers’ use …

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