Exploring the relationship between volunteering and hospice sustainability in the UK: a theoretical model

July 4, 2018

 

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 24(5):212-219.

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Date of publication: May 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: A theoretical model was developed to illustrate the relationship between volunteering and hospice sustainability. It demonstrates the factors necessary for hospice sustainability and the reciprocal impact that these factors and volunteering have on each other. The model has a practical application as an assessment framework and strategic planning tool.

Length of publication: 8 Pages

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Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers

July 4, 2018

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

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Date of publication: June 2018

Publication type: Guideline

In a nutshell: This guideline covers diagnosing and managing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). It aims to improve care by making recommendations on training staff and helping carers to support people living with dementia.  Section 1.10 makes recommendations for Palliative care.

Length of publication: 43 pages

 

 


Death in data: What happens at the end of life?

July 4, 2018

Source: BBC

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Date of publication: May 2018

Publication type:  News Item

In a nutshell: Scientists are expecting a spike in deaths in the coming years. As life expectancies increased, the number of people dying fell – but those deaths were merely delayed.

With people living longer, and often spending more time in ill-health, the Dying Matters Coalition wants to encourage people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their life, including where they want to die.

Length of publication: 1 Page

 

 


The Alzheimer’s Disease Home Hospice Knowledge Scale: development, validity and reliability

May 29, 2018

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2018 24:3, 108-114

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Date of publication:  March 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell:  The Alzheimer’s Disease Home Hospice Knowledge Scale proved to be a valid and reliable tool to assess knowledge about hospice care in the area of Alzheimer’s disease. It might provide an effective tool for palliative care nurses to communicate with family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease at the end of life.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Together for Short Lives launches strategy to improve children’s palliative care

April 5, 2018

Source: Together for Short Lives

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Date of publication: March 2018

Publication type: Strategy

In a nutshell:  Together for Short Lives has set out a  five-year strategy, to work with its members and partners, to improve children’s palliative across the UK. The new strategy for 2018-2023, called “Together for the 49,000+”, focuses on achieving positive change for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, their families, and those that support them.

Length of publication: 18 pages


Who cares for the carers at hospital discharge at the end of life? A qualitative study of current practice in discharge planning and the potential value of using The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) Approach

April 5, 2018

Source: Palliative Medicine  2018 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: February 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study identifies a novel intervention, which expands the focus of discharge planning to include assessment of carers’ support needs at transition, potentially preventing breakdown of care at home and patient readmissions to hospital.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Palliative care for people with schizophrenia: a qualitative study of an under-serviced group in need

April 5, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care  2018; 17:53

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Date of publication: March 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: People with schizophrenia are at risk of receiving poorer end of life care than other patients. They are often undertreated, avoid treatment and are about half as likely to access palliative care. There are limited options for end of life care for this under-serviced group in need. To ensure people with schizophrenia are well supported at the end of life a model of palliative care is required that offers both specialised services and capacity building within the pre-existing health workforce. Resources are needed to address the stigma and lack of services faced by this vulnerable group.

Length of publication: 11 pages