Caregiver and Palliative Care
Caregiver and Palliative Care
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of both the palliative care patient and their caregiver. Palliative care caregivers care for palliative care patients who suffer from symptoms and unmet needs. Most reviews and research to date have focused on the palliative patient, also called the care recipient. However, we still have little knowledge about the palliative care caregivers, including the risk factors of these caregivers becoming overburdened leading to caregiver burnout. The objective of this review was to examine the responsibilities of palliative care caregivers and the associated risks of these caregivers developing caregiver burden. We review the caring work of the caregivers, the types of caregivers, the differences between palliative care and general caregivers, the different types and levels of problems they face in caring for their patients and the risk factors of developing palliative care caregiver burden. We hope this review will increase awareness of this problem and help to improve the palliative care system to look after the needs of not only the patients in the system but also the patients’ caregivers, who play such an important role.
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