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Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Caring for Family Caregivers.

Applebaum AJ, Kent EE, Ellington L, Campbell G, Donovan H, Trivedi R, Van Houtven C, Gray TF, Gebert RR, Rosa WE, Odom JN. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Caring for Family Caregivers. Journal of palliative medicine. 2023 Dec 29.

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Family and friend caregivers play critical roles in ensuring that persons with serious illness receive high-quality care, and their responsibilities often increase as patients transition from receiving solely curative-focused care to primarily palliative-focused care. Integrating family caregivers into the health care team and supporting them in their role has significant benefits for family caregivers, patients, health care systems, communities, and society. Palliative care clinicians across all disciplines are uniquely suited to provide necessary training and support to family caregivers as they navigate the demands of their role. Here, we contend that providing comprehensive palliative care includes addressing the needs of family caregivers and provide ten tips and practical guidance to assist palliative care clinicians to support family caregivers. Engaging family caregivers as in care will ultimately allow palliative care clinicians to deliver the highest quality patient care and ensure the best possible outcomes for families facing serious illnesses.

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