Issues in Measuring Family Care Needs and Satisfaction

Document Type

Book Chapter


Computing, Health and Science


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgrad Medicine, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care




This article was originally published as: Kristjanson, L. (2003). Issues in measuring family care needs and satisfaction. In Portenoy, R. & Bruera, E (Eds.), Issues in palliative care research, 203-216.


Care of dying patients and their families has been described as a unique type of care, requiring special skills and knowledge of health professionals. Hospice care providers consider the patient and family to be the unit of care and endeavor to assess and meet the needs of family members. As family witness care provided to an ill family member and receive care themselves in the forms of information, emotional support, and/or respite, they make judgments about the quality of care provided. For health professionals to provide dare that addresses the needs of families and promotes their sense of satisfaction with care, it is essential to be able to measure family care needs and family care satisfaction.

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