Advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care interventions for homeless people: A systematic review

March 9, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine 2017 Feb; 31 (2): 109-119

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review aims to summarize and evaluate the evidence surrounding advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care interventions for homeless persons.

Length of publication: 11 pages


Challenges to access and provision of palliative care for people who are homeless: a systematic review of qualitative research

January 10, 2017

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2016; 15: 96

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Date of publication: December 2016

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This review presents a synthesis of published qualitative research exploring from the perspective of homeless people and those working to support them, current challenges to palliative care access and provision.

Length of publication: 18 pages


When dying at home is not an option: Exploration of hostel staff views on palliative care for homeless people

July 9, 2015

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2015 v.21(5) p236-44

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The Department of Health in the UK suggests that hostel staff are the most appropriate key workers for their dying homeless residents and that hospital based palliative care maybe the best way forward. However, little is known about the views of hostel staff with regard to this. The article findings clearly lend support to the suggestion that hostel workers probably are indeed the most appropriate people to sup­port a dying homeless person. However, enhanced collaborative working, access to accu­rate and up-to-date medical information and clearer lines of communication between health professionals and hostel workers could result in better outcomes for this population in terms of having a voice that is heard, being offered choices regarding care options, and being treated with the same dignity and respect that the rest of the population has come to expect at the end of life

Length of publication: 9 pages

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library

 


Homelessness and end of life care

July 1, 2013

Source: St. Mungo’s

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Date of publication: February 2013

Publication type: Resource pack

In a nutshell: The resource pack, called Homelessness and End of Life Care, has been created by homelessness charity St Mungo’s and Marie Curie Cancer Care, the UK’s leading end of life care charity. The pack pulls together tools, templates and relevant resources for staff working in homelessness organisations and with people who are homeless, enabling frontline staff to talk confidently about end of life issues with their service users as well as when working with health and social care professionals.

Length of publication: 80 pages

Acknowledgement: Marie Curie Cancer Care


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

 


National End of Life Care Programme Newsletter (Issue 28)

December 20, 2010

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Newsletter

In a nutshell: This issue of the newsletter focuses on end of life care for homeless patients, with the 3 case studies highlighting the needs of homeless people at the end of life. The East Midlands end of life care commissioning tool is discussed, described how it can be used to help improve services

Length of publication: 12 pages


End of life care – achieving quality in hostels and for homeless people

December 20, 2010

Source: National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This publication aims to provide a practical guide to support hostel staff in ensuring that people nearing the end of their life receive high quality end of life care.

It includes:

  • Key considerations for delivery of end of life care
  • When to start thinking about end of life care
  • End of life care pathway
  • Step 1: Discussions as the end of life approaches
  • Step 2: Assessment, care planning and review
  • Step 3: Co-ordination of care
  • Step 4: Delivery of high quality care in different settings
  • Step 5: Care in the last days of life
  • Step 6: Care after death
  • Next steps
  • Useful resources

Length of publication: 36p.