Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2012 v.18(6) p275-81
Date of publication: June 2012
Publication type: Article
In a nutshell: This paper reports on a system of managing admissions and discharges from a specialist palliative day hospice (SPDH) in the south of England. SPDH is a well established component of palliative care provision in the UK, but studies have rarely addressed issues around admission and discharge. The most significant finding from this study was the emotional and psychological impact on the patients of taking the break. Discharge from SPDH is known to be a difficult and sensitive issue, especially when patients are living with life-limiting illnesses that can change quickly. The patients in this study all had some form of dependency on the service and four of the five would have chosen to continue attending if they could.They experienced deterioration in psychological and physical wellbeing during the period in which they did not attend.
Length of publication: 7 pages
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