Family caregiving in hospitals and palliative care units

Betty Ferrell, Tami Borneman, Chan Thai

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter provides an overview of the significant challenges imposed by admission of a patient to an in-patient setting in hospitals and palliative care units and strategies for supporting family carers in these settings. The findings reveal that the intensive care unit (ICU) is an especially stressful environment for family carers and they often experience a sense of helplessness and a loss of control during hospitalization. To address this issue, well-orchestrated family conference and strategies to enhance professional-caregiver communication are essential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily Carers in Palliative Care
Subtitle of host publicationA guide for health and social care professionals
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191730252
ISBN (Print)9780199216901
StatePublished - Nov 17 2011


  • Communication
  • Control
  • Family conference
  • Helplessness
  • Hospitalization
  • Intensive care
  • Palliative care units

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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