The purpose of this study was to compare the grief process outcomes of primary family members who participated in hospice after the death of their loved one to the grief process outcomes of those primary family members who did not participate. The null hypothesis stated that there would be no significant difference in the grief process outcomes of primary family members in a hospice care program during the first year of bereavement and the grief process outcomes of primary family members not in a hospice care program during the first year of bereavement using the ^ test at the .05 level of significance. Data were collected from 20 subjects selected from the general population of primary family members who met the criteria. The hospice group consisted of 10 subjects, and the non-hospice group consisted of 10 subjects. The results demonstrated no significant difference in the grief process outcome scores of the hospice and non-hospice subjects. Therefore, the researcher failed to reject the hypothesis.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
B. J. Landis
Mary Patricia Curtis
Dr. Phyllis Werner
Estes, Carolyn Ruth, "Participation in a Hospice Program and Its Effect on the Grief Process" (1985). MSN Research Projects. 27.