Reciprocal Suffering: The Need to Improve Family Caregivers' Quality of Life through Palliative Care

Deborah Witt Sherman
1998 Journal of Palliative Medicine  
There is growing recognition of the reciprocity of suffering by patients and families experiencing terminal illness and the need to improve the quality of their lives as the patient's illness progresses. Research is presented that addresses the importance of a dyadic perspective in recognizing patients' and families' stress and adjustment and the related physical, emotional, social, spiritual and financial needs at the end-of-life. These aspects of quality of life are specifically addressed by
more » ... alliative care. The philosophy and goals of palliative care are described, as is its role in promoting the best possible quality of life for patients and their families experiencing terminal illness. This article addresses the importance of assessing the dynamics of the family caregiving system and potential palliative care interventions to enhance the quality of life of family caregivers. Implications for research are also discussed.
doi:10.1089/jpm.1998.1.357 pmid:15859854 fatcat:mliegrw5fvgnteqkgd7sbcxseu