Davies et al. - 2004 - The Impact on Families of Respite Care in a Children's Hospice Program

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Davies et al.





 United States


 Journal Article – Observational Study


 To identify perceptions related to program benefits, and considerations related to use and timing of respite component of a hospice program over its first 2.5 years of operation

Key Notes/Findings:

  • Majority of parents reported positive child benefits and viewed the hospice as safe, happy and fun place
  • Respite provided parents with a break from the routine, with sleep, comfort, and freedom, time for themselves, a sense of privacy and ‘normalcy’ and learning opportunities with peers
  • Although it is often unavailable, respite care is central to parents’ integrity and capacity to care for their children and themselves


Davies B, Steele R, Collins JB, Cook K, Smith S. The Impact on Families of Respite Care in a Children’s Hospice Program. Journal of Palliative Care. 2004 Winter;20(4):277–86. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15690830

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