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Nursing issues
Nursing interventions improve preparedness, competence, reward and burden of family caregivers in end-of-life care at home
  1. Despina Anagnostou
  1. Department of Human Health Sciences, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Despina Anagnostou, Department of Human Health Science, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan; anagnostou.despoina.2a{at}kyoto-u.ac.jp

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Commentary on: Becqué YN, Rietjens JAC, van Driel A, et al. Nursing interventions to support family caregivers in end-of-life care at home: a systematic narrative review. Int J Nurs Stud 2019;7:28–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.04.011

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses should provide individualised interventions to support family caregivers in end-of-life-care at home.

  • Multicomponent interventions have the potential to address the complex needs of family caregivers.

  • Future research needs to establish effective interventions and their related components.

Context

Informal family caregivers play a crucial role in end-of-life care, especially in the community. However, family caregivers are known to have high needs and psychological morbidity,1 including fatigue, sleep problems, depression, anxiety and burnout. Palliative care aims to provide psychosocial support to patients and families facing terminal illness. Interventions that aim to support family caregivers are increasing and have been reported in the literature.2 Nurses are in a unique position to …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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