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Coaching as a method of support for informal and formal caregivers in palliative care

Joanna Sułkowska1, Ilona Kuźmicz2, Ewa Kawalec-Kajstura2, Stephen Palmer3, Tomasz Brzostek2


Literature suggests that palliative care professionals and informal caregivers could be at risk of side effects of active participation in care. Therefore, different methods of support that can be offered to carers should be sought. Coaching is an intervention that facilitates another person to learn, grow and take responsibility for the level to which results are achieved. There are arguments which indicate the possibility and need to use coaching interventions to support nurses in their development and daily practice. Moreover, coaching can be used to implement interventions to improve informal caregivers’ knowledge and skills, as well as to increase their sense of self-efficacy and psychological resilience. Consequently, this paper is aimed at introducing coaching as a method for enhancing work and well-being among formal and informal carers, especially in palliative care. Coaching might be an appropriate approach in the context of palliative care. Regarding end-of-life care and its complexity, it is worth considering implementing it as a part of an interdisciplinary program. Consequently, it would be tailored to caregivers’ needs.

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