Journal article

The experiences of patients with advanced cancer and caregivers presenting to Emergency Departments: A qualitative study

Jennifer Philip, Cheryl Remedios, Sibilah Breen, Tracey Weiland, Lisa Willenberg, Mark Boughey, George Jelinek, Heather Lane, Claudia Marck, Jennifer Weil

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite being a common event in the course of an advanced cancer illness, there is little understanding of patients' perceptions of hospital Emergency Department presentations. AIM: To explore the experiences and perceptions of Emergency Departments held by patients with advanced cancer and their informal caregivers. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study involving semi-structured interviews with advanced cancer patients and their informal caregivers. Qualitative data analysis was underpinned by a phenomenological approach utilising a data-driven inductive thematic frame. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: In total, 19 patients with advanced cancer who presented to Emergency Departments in the previou..

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