Bereaved Caregiver Perception of Quality of Care in the Final Week of Life

Cancer caregivers are key stakeholders in the final weeks of life and in bereavement. Research has highlighted end-of-life (EOL) factors important to caregivers, as well as factors contributing to caregiver mental health and bereavement outcomes.

This study’s purpose was to identify modifiable predictors of caregivers’ Caregiver Evaluation of Quality of End of Life Care (CEQUEL) scores, with the broader aim of informing clinical interventions to improve caregiver impressions of care and subsequent bereavement adjustment.

Findings suggest that place of death and hospice length of stay best predict bereaved caregiver evaluations of quality of EOL care. These findings equip health care providers with modifiable targets to improve caregivers’ experience of EOL care and subsequent bereavement.

Full reference: Higgins, P et al, Factors Predicting Bereaved Caregiver Perception of Quality of Care in the Final Week of Life: Implications for Health Care Providers  Journal of Palliative Medicine. October 2015, 18(10): 849-857

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