Journal article

Introducing a model incorporating early integration of specialist palliative care: A qualitative research study of staff's perspectives

Natasha Michael, Clare O'Callaghan, Joanne E Brooker, Helen Walker, Richard Hiscock, David Phillips

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Palliative care has evolved to encompass early integration, with evaluation of patient and organisational outcomes. However, little is known of staff's experiences and adaptations when change occurs within palliative care services. AIM: To explore staff experiences of a transition from a service predominantly focused on end-of-life care to a specialist service encompassing early integration. DESIGN: Qualitative research incorporating interviews, focus groups and anonymous semi-structured questionnaires. Data were analysed using a comparative approach. Service activity data were also aggregated. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: A total of 32 medical, nursing, allied health and administrative..

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