Table 1

Caregiver responsibilities
• Medication and symptom management [17,59,61,64,68-71] • Physical work (e.g., moving a frail client, bathing, laundry and cleaning, etc.) [18,39,69]
• Awareness of hygiene and nutritional needs and exercise regimes [17,32,69,72-74] • Use of technical devices and equipment (e.g., defibrillators, IVs, ventricular assistant devices, insulin pens, home dialysis devices, etc.) [17,71,74,79,80]
• Providing physical, psychological and emotional support (e.g., transportation, company or social support) [42,69,74-76].
• Managing client behaviours and temperaments [18,29,75,81]
• Emergency management of issues (e.g., trouble breathing, pain management, recognizing signs and symptoms of problems) [18,69,71,77,78]
• Handling household and illness related finances [59,68,75]
• Carrying out decision making and problem solving needs [21,73,82]

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Macdonald et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:191   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-191

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