Evaluation of bereavement intervention

L. S. Scruby, J. A. Sloan

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We report the first phase in a research program aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of bereavement counselling a health promotion strategy. The Lindemann Model of grief management is used as an effectiveness measure of bereavement counselling via the Heimler Scale of Social Functioning. Thirty key persons of cancer patients cared for on a palliative care unit were involved in a longitudinal randomized experiment. Analysis of the data suggests further work is required regarding the timing of bereavement intervention. The traditional idea of bereavement intervention beginning after the death of the patient is challenged. In addition, the data suggest further tool development specific to a bereaved population. Strenghtening community health services for the survivors of the terminally ill is supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-398
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Public Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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