Transitions in Labour Force Participation over the Palliative Care Trajectory
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BACKGROUND: Home-based palliative programs rely on family caregivers, who often miss time from employment. This article identified changes in caregivers' labour force participation over the palliative trajectory. METHODS: Family caregivers (n = 262) were interviewed biweekly to measure transitions across four employment categories. RESULTS: More than half of the caregivers had one employment transition and 29% had three or more. The highest proportion of transitions occurred for caregivers who were employed part-time. INTERPRETATION: Understanding these transitions is critical to the development of strategies tailored to caregivers to contain labour force losses and to support caregivers during a time of high caregiving demands.
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