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Family caregivers of post-hospitalized older persons and persons receiving hospice: similarities and differences.

Home health care services quarterly. 
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The study reported here explored similarities and differences between 103 family caregivers of older persons who had been discharged from the hospital and 70 caregivers of terminally ill older persons receiving hospice care. Caregiving variables were selected for examination based on role theory. Major findings include: hospice caregivers provided significantly more personal care and medically related tasks, significantly fewer transportation tasks, and worried less than the post-hospitalized sample. Otherwise, the two groups were strikingly similar. Similar patterns of correlations for the two groups were also found.
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