Literature Review
Volume 4 Issue 1 - 2022
Nursing Interventions for Family Caregivers in Home Palliative Care after the Relative’s Death Integrative Literature Review
Catarina Afonso1,2*
1Health Center of Leiria (ACES PL), Portugal
2School of Health Sciences, Polythecnic of Leiria, Portugal
*Corresponding Author: Catarina Afonso, Health Center of Leiria (ACES PL), And School of Health Sciences, Polythecnic of Leiria, Portugal.
Received: July 04, 2021; Published: December 31, 2021


The family caregiver in palliative care is included in the focus of the nursing intervention. In a home context, the close relationship between the nurse and the family caregiver is more intense and remains after the relative’s death. However, interventions directed in a structured way fade away, leaving a wide field of intervention open. Methodology: Conduct an integrative literature review in order to identify and describe the nursing interventions aimed at family caregivers in palliative care, after the relative’s death. The research strategy included in the electronic databases CINHAL; Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Nursing and Allied Health Collection, Medline and Scielo. The search was extended to RCAAP and Google. An article was also obtained directly from the author. Finally, 4 articles were included in this review. The analysis of the data resulted from a systematic process of identifying themes related to the phenomenon under study. Conclusions: Nursing interventions maintain communication between the bereaved nurse / caregiver, reinforce the bereaved nurse / caregiver relationship and support the bereaved caregiver’s grieving process. This review emphasizes the need to develop support services in bereavement, particularly in the home context, as well as the need to enhance training under the theme of support in bereavement.

Keywords: Nursing Interventions; Family Caregivers; Palliative Care; Terminal Care


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