Is the integration of services good or bad news for palliative care?

June 23, 2011

Source: European Journal of Palliative Care vol./is. 18/2(68-71)

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Date: March 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The concept of integrated services seems more and more appealing in a time of economic downturn. This article discusses some commentators warnings against an unrelenting drive towards integrated services without the evidence showing that they will work for the people that use them. Initiatives currently being piloted and models of integrated care being tested and evaluated are discussed.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Marie Curie’s multi-visit service for palliative care patients in Northern Ireland.

April 19, 2011

Source:European Journal of Palliative Care, 2011, 18(1), p.18-21

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Date of publication: February 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell:  This article examines the organisation and objectives of the interdisciplinary palliative care service through which district nurses and specially trained Marie Curie Cancer Care health care assistants provide care for patient’s in their own homes in Northern Ireland.  Results of a survey to measure satisfaction of district nurses and service users are discussed.

Length of publication: 3 pages.

Acknowledgement: BNI


Collaborative working in end-of-life care: developing a guide for health and social care professionals

May 27, 2010

Title: Collaborative working in end-of-life care: developing a guide for health and social care professionals

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing, 2010 16(3) p120 – 125

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The article constitutes a  description of a collaboration project between palliative care nurse specialists and community matrons for patients with a non-cancer diagnosis.  A particular outcome of the project was the creation of pathways to clarify decision making in end-of-life care and these were subsequently developed into a best practice guide.  The guide identifies key questions and suggests appropriate responses at different stages of the patient journey.  The project is designed to identify replicable models of end of life care for those patients with a non-cancer diagnosis, and also to widen access to specialist palliative care services.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: MEDLINE


A proposed systems approach to the evaluation of integrated palliative care

May 15, 2010

Title: A proposed systems approach to the evaluation of integrated palliative care

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2010, 9:8

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Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: There is increasing global interest in regional palliative care networks (PCN) to integrate care, creating systems that are more cost-effective and responsive in multi-agency settings. This article proposes a comprehensive framework for evaluating PCNs, focusing on the nature and extent of inter-professional collaboration, community readiness, and client-centred care.

Length of publication: 41 pages

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Development, implementation, and process evaluation of a regional palliative care quality improvement project.

February 22, 2010

Title: Development, implementation, and process evaluation of a regional palliative care quality improvement project.

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Source: Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 2009, 38(4) p483-495

Date of publication: October 2009

Publication Type: Article

In a nutshell: The delivery of optimal palliative care requires an integrated and coordinated approach of many health care providers across the continuum of care. In response to identified gaps the Palliative Care Integration Project (PCIP) was developed in Canada to improve continuity and decrease variability of care to palliative patients with cancer.

Length of publication: 13 pages

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Acknowledgement: Cinahl


ACT welcomes key working plans for families with disabled children

January 25, 2010

Title: ACT welcomes key working plans for families with disabled children

Source: ACT

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication Type: News article

In a nutshell: ACT has welcomed the proposed new measures to support families with disabled children contained in the Government’s ‘Support for All – the Families and Relationships Green Paper’ published 20 January 2010. ACT Chief Executive, Lizzie Chambers said: “It is great to see the Government’s commitment to developing new ways of supporting families with disabled children. Nearly 24,000 children have a life-limiting condition which means they will not reach adulthood, and the families and carers who support them tell us that one of the greatest obstacles to receiving help is trying to communicate with the huge range of professionals who are involved in delivering care to their children. They need a named key worker to help them navigate; as well as advocate on their behalf.”

Some important notes: Follow this link to download a copy of the Support for all – the families and relationships green paper

Acknowledgements: Every Child Matters


Palliative care for older people – Exploring the views of doctors and nurses from different fields in Germany

June 21, 2009

Author: Torben Brueckner et al

Source: BMC Palliative Care

In a nutshell: Providing appropriate palliative care for older people is a major task for health care systems worldwide, and up to now it has also been one of the most neglected. Focusing on the German health care system, the researchers sought to explore the attitudes of health professionals regarding their understanding of palliative care for older patients and its implementation.

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Document Type: Research Article

Document Length: 25 pages