The purpose of this study was to explore the caregiving experience of primary family caregivers in hospice home care. This qualitative a convenience sample of study was conducted from December 1998 to May 1999. Ten family caregivers at a hospice home care were interviewed. Data were collected through a audio-tapes recorder using a semistructured interviewed guide. Data were analyzed by using content analysis described by Miles and Huberman (1994) to identify themes and categories. The present study showed that the care giving experience of family caregiver included the perception of illness, caregiver's feeling, and the perception of environment. The findings may provide implications for hospice team members in taking care of family caregivers.
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|Published - 2002