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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The outcomes of palliative care day services: a systematic review

June 23, 2011

Source: Palliative Medicine  v.25(2), p.153-69

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Date of publication: March 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article discusses the findings from a systematic review of evidence on the provision and effectiveness of palliative day care services. Their impact on the quality of life or wellbeing of patients attending day care is considered.

Length of publication: 17 pages

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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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