Journal article

What's in a name? A qualitative exploration of what is understood by "palliative care" in the emergency department

Jennifer Weil, Tracey J Weiland, Heather Lane, George A Jelinek, Mark Boughey, Claudia H Marck, Jennifer Philip

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The understanding of what palliative care is, and which patients may benefit from palliative care, has important implications for optimal patient care in all areas of health provision. AIM: To explore the understanding of palliative care by healthcare professionals caring for patients with advanced cancer attending emergency departments. DESIGN: Qualitative study, with two phases: the first, a series of focus groups with healthcare professionals from various disciplines and settings caring for patients with advanced cancer presenting to emergency departments; the second, semi-structured telephone interviews with emergency healthcare professionals across Australian States and Terr..

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