Provision of palliative care services: putting policy into practice

September 26, 2011

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing 2011 vol. 16(8) p390

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article discusses the outsourcing of primary care palliative care services to 3rd party providers to meet cost cutting targets. The author asks the question, “Does it matter who provides palliative care services as long as they meet the needs of the people they are there for?”. The author questions how the voluntary and private sector organisations will monitor and measure outcomes and how will they be called to account for the service they provide as poorly managed end-of-life care and bereavement can have a devastating impact on people and can lead to further problems.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Palliative day care: A qualitative study of service users’ experiences in the United Kingdom.

September 26, 2011

Source: Nursing & Health Sciences, 01 June 2011, vol. 13(2) p178-183

Date of Publication: June 2011

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Publication type: Article

Publication Length: 6 pages

In a nutshell: During 2006 and 2007 the day care services at a hospice in England were redesigned. A new style service which comprised of specialist palliative care sessions replaced the traditional day care model. The objective of this study was to enhance the understanding of the aspects of the service which the users valued the most. The findings from the study were presented under 3 themes; the quality of staff; the sense of community;  and relationships. Of these, relationships between staff and patient groups held the greater significance. The article concluded that service providers need to recognise that the formation of relationships between staff, patients and carers are of the utmost importance when designing services.

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A residential aged care end-of-life care pathway (RAC EoLCP) for Australian aged care facilities.

September 26, 2011

Source: Australian Health Review Vol. 35(3) p350-356

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Date of publication: August 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate an end-of-life (terminal) care pathway for Australian residential aged care facilities that improves resident and health system outcomes. The residential aged care end-of-life care pathway was developed by a multidisciplinary collaboration of government and non-government professionals and incorporated best clinical management for dying residents to guide care and increase palliative care capacity of generalist staff. Results indicated that the pathway, delivered within a care framework that guides provision of palliative care, resulted in improved resident outcomes and decreased inappropriate transfers to acute care settings.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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The future of UK palliative care: reflections on the recommendations of the Palliative Care Funding Review

September 26, 2011

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing Vol. 17(7) p316-319

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The recommendations of the Palliative Care Funding Review have potentially fundamental implications for the future of palliative care delivery in the UK. This article looks at the reasons why a new funding system is needed; defining the state’s responsibility for meeting palliative and end-of-life care needs; and implementation of the new funding system.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Preferences for end of life: views of hospice patients, family carers, and community nurse specialists

September 23, 2011

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 2011, 17(5) p.251-5

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article describes a qualitative study which was undertaken with the objective of identifying issues around discussing and recording preferences on place of death from the perspective of hospice patients, carers, and hospice community nurses. A sample was selected from three hospices in south east England consisting of six community nurse specialists, five patients, five carers, and five bereaved carers. The differing issues and views are described in detail along with suggestions for improving outcomes for patients and their families and carers.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Acknowledgement: BNI


Introducing clinical psychology support into community palliative care.

September 23, 2011

Source: European J Palliative Care, 2011, 18, (4),p. 195-7

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  This article reviews the role of clinical psychologists in providing psychology support in community palliative care in Tower Hamlets, east London. How the psychology support service was developed and the role played by clinical psychologists in the multidisciplinary team that provides community palliative care is discussed.  

Length of publication: 3 pages

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Acknowledgement: BNI, Cinahl.


What are patients’ priorities when facing the end of life? A critical review.

September 23, 2011

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 2011,17 (6), p.294-300

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Review, Article

In a nutshell:  The objective of this critical review was to investigate what patients’ priorities are when facing the end of life. A methodical and explicit search was made of academic databases to identify key articles. These articles were then critically appraised and the data was extracted and anylsed using an appropriate methodology. Findings showed that patients wanted:

• to understand and accept their changing health status

• to retain some normality in life

• to be supported by friends and family

• to know they will be taken care of after the death

• good and trusting relationships with health professionals.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: BNI