Bereaved carers' views of a hospice at home service

Exley, Catherine and Tyrer, Freya (2005) Bereaved carers' views of a hospice at home service. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 11 (5). pp. 242-246. ISSN 1357-6321

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In recent years, there has been an increase in specialist palliative care services in the home. Despite this, there have been relatively few published evaluations of such care.

This is a qualitative study which used semistructured interviews to explore bereaved carers' views and experiences of a hospice at home (HAH) service in the East Midlands, UK. Eleven interviews were conducted and analysis followed the framework approach.

Carers' views were divided into four themes: caring for someone at home; formal care provided by HAH; access to out-of-hours care; and provision of specialist equipment.

Bereaved carers generally gave very positive accounts on care delivered by the HAH service. Shortcomings identified were the provision of out-of-hours care and the untimely supply and removal of specialist equipment. It is suggested that bereaved carers provide useful insights for qualitative evaluations of end-of-life services delivered in the home.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hospice at home, Bereaved carers, Qualitative, Community, Palliative care
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 13:43
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 12:14

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