Intervention With Informal Caregivers Of Hospice Patients

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Fegg et al. and Demiris et al. were both able to prove their method of intervention with informal caregivers of hospice patients was effective. However, both studies proved to have limitations and need follow up studies in the future to solidify their findings. It is difficult to compare the two studies statistically due to the small sample size of Demiris et al.’s study. While on average the participants who were given the PSI seemed to improve in both QOL and anxiety, the sample size was too small to make the findings statistically significant. Whereas the EBT study had 160 participants, making their findings more statistically significant than the PSI study. Furthermore, the EBT study showed not only immediate improvements of QOL and…show more content…
This is convenient for the individual, as it allowed them to stay at their residence with their loved one. On the contrary, participants in the EBT study had to travel to meet up with a group, which means the caregiver needed someone else to care for the patient during this time. The PSI intervention consisted of only 4 meetings (including the initial face to face meeting) each 45 minutes long. Whereas the EBT groups met for 3.5 hours 6 times. This is a long time for a caregiver to be away for their loved one. However, it does provide a time for respite for the caregiver. Another comparison is an individual’s preference of one-on-one intervention versus group intervention. In a group setting the participants are able to relate to one another and act as a support group. When interventions are administered on a one-on-one basis more attention is given to that individual and their particular problems. This would be something to compare in the future. If Demiris et al. were to expand their demographic and increase their sample size, their outcomes could be compared to the EBT group intervention or even a PSI group intervention to determine which is more effective for this population. If EBT or PSI were to become a standard part of hospice services a cost-benefit analysis should also be done to determine which intervention is more realistic for the hospice providing the service. For the EBT
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