Recommendations for improving the end-of-life care system for homeless populations: A qualitative study of the views of Canadian health and social services professionals.

September 24, 2012

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2012, 11(1) p.14

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  Homeless populations have complex and diverse end-of-life care needs. However, they typically die outside of the end-of-life care system. To date, few studies have explored barriers to the end-of-life care system for homeless populations. This qualitative study involving health and social services professionals from across Canada sought to identify barriers to the end-of-life care system for homeless populations and generate recommendations to improve their access to end-of-life care. The article concludes that homeless people may be underserved by the end-of-life care system as a result of barriers that they face to accessing end-of-life care services. Changes to rules and regulations that reflect the health needs and circumstances of homeless people and measures to improve continuity of care have the potential to increase equity in the end-of-life care system for this underserved population.

Length of publication: 16 pages



The outcomes of palliative care day services: A systematic review

March 25, 2011

Source: Palliative Medicine 2011, 25(2) p153-169

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review evaluates the provision of palliative day care services (PDS) to determine whether such services have a measurable effect on attendees’ wellbeing. The review suggests that dying people find attending PDS a valuable experience that allows them to engage with others and to be supported in a restorative environment. However, further  research is required to provide quality evidence to determine whether or not attendance at PDS does indeed have a positive impact on the wellbeing of attendees.

Length of publication: 17 pages

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