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Participants' experiences of a support group intervention for family members during ongoing palliative home care
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Geriatric and Hospital Based Homecare UHL.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society, Division of Physiotherapy.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9606-3238
2005 (English)In: Journal of Palliative Care, ISSN 0825-8597, Vol. 21, no 4, 277-284 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to describe family members' experiences of participation in a support group intervention during ongoing palliative home care. Four taped-recorded focus group interviews were conducted (in total, 13 persons) and a questionnaire was completed by 19 of 22 possible family members. The participants experienced increased perception of support and knowledge, and would recommend that a person in a similar situation join a support group. Categories that emerged in the qualitative content analysis concerned "reasons for support group participation", "group composition contributed to group cohesion", "experience and sensitivity of group leader was a catalyst", "meaningful dialogue helped to solve everyday problems", "sense of cohesion increased effectiveness of the group", and "group sessions and post-session reflection increased perception of inner strength". Support groups for family members seem to be a valuable contribution during ongoing palliative home care. The findings are discussed in relation to recruitment into and ending of support groups. © 2005 Centre for Bioethics, IRCM.

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2005. Vol. 21, no 4, 277-284 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-33419Local ID: 19438OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-33419DiVA: diva2:254242
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2017-12-13

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