Bereaved carers' views of a hospice at home service

Catherine Exley, Freya Tyrer

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Abstract

Introduction: 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. Methods: 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. Results: 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. Conclusions: 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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