Caregiver Participation in Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Meetings via Videophone Technology: A Pilot Study to Improve Pain Management

Debra Parker Oliver, George Demiris, Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Davina Porock, Jacqueline Collier, Antony Arthur

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Abstract

This article discusses a pilot study testing a videophone intervention enabling hospice patients and caregivers to remotely participate in interdisciplinary team meetings, with the goal of improving pain management. The aim of this study was to test potential outcome measures and combine the data with qualitative observations to assess the overall feasibility and promise of the intervention. The outcomes evaluated included hospice patient quality of life, caregiver perceptions of pain medications, caregiver quality of life, and caregiver anxiety related to team participation. The pilot study showed that caregiver participation in the care planning process is feasible and may change caregiver perceptions of pain medication, potentially improving pain management for hospice patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-473
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010

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