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2020 Jun

Palliat Support Care



Impact of the caregiver burden on the effectiveness of a home-based palliative care program: A mediation analysis.


Pereira-Morales AJ, Valencia L E, Rojas L
Palliat Support Care. 2020 Jun; 18(3):332-338.
PMID: 31559939.


The growing aging population and the high prevalence of several concomitant chronic diseases have contributed to the elevated rates of caregiver burden and suffering in patients. In turn, intending to relieve unnecessary pain in patients, there has been a rapid growth of outpatient palliative care programs. However, little has been studied about caregiver burden as a relevant factor potentially affecting the effectiveness of these programs. This study aimed to determine the extent of caregiver burden as a possible mediator on the effectiveness of a home-based palliative care program.