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Chronic sorrow is the presence of pervasive grief-related feelings that have been found to occur periodically throughout the lives of individuals with chronic health conditions, their family caregivers, and the bereaved. These feelings emerge in response to an ongoing disparity that results from...
In the United Kingdom, a recent government consultative document (The Stationary Office, 1998) marked an increased political interest in supporting family well-being. Health visitors are targeted as a key service to promote and implement better family health. This article examines the perception...
With advances in medical and surgical management of congenital heart disease (CHD), it is becoming more common for patients to survive into adulthood. This article reviews family management of CHD over the life course of the disease and presents the findings of a study of the psychosocial needs...
Families generally serve as surrogate decision makers for hospitalized dying patients who are unable to express their own decisions regarding life-prolonging treatments. The authors interviewed family members whose relatives died in the hospital following the withdrawal of aggressive medical...
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