Family And Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions Of A Pilot Hospice At Home Programme For Children: A Qualitative Study

Title

Family And Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions Of A Pilot Hospice At Home Programme For Children: A Qualitative Study

Creator

Maria Brenner; Michael Connolly; Des Cawley; Frances Howlin; Jay Berry; Claire Quinn

Identifier

DOI: 10.1186/s12904-016-0161-0

Publisher

Bmc Palliative Care

Date

2016

Subject

Adaptation Psychological; Attitude Of Health Personnel; Child; Child Health Services; Critical Illness/psychology; Disabled Children; Family/psychology; Female; Hospice Care/psychology; Humans; Interviews As Topic; Male; Nurses/psychology; Pilot Projects
Hospice And Palliative Care Nursing; Child Family Qualitative Research

Description

Background
Parents commonly report a significant improvement in quality of life following the provision of hospice and supportive care and have identified a need for such a service in the home. The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of families receiving a nurse led pilot hospice at home programme and the experiences of healthcare professionals delivering and engaging with the programme.

Methods
An exploratory, qualitative study was conducted, including telephone interviews with parents and focus groups and individual interviews with healthcare professionals. All parents of families who received the programme of care between June 2014 and September 2015 and healthcare professionals delivering and engaging with the programme were invited to participate.

Results
Seven parents participated in telephone interviews. Four focus groups took place, two with external stakeholders (18 participants in total), one with in-patient hospice staff (13 participants) and one with the hospice at home team (8 participants). Two additional interviews took place with individual stakeholders who were unable to attend a scheduled focus group. Themes from interviews with parents focused on the value of having consistent and expert care. The findings from healthcare professionals centred on communication within and across services, education and training and lone working.

Conclusions
The pilot hospice at home programme was welcomed by all those who took part in the study. The programme may be improved by enhanced clarification of roles, enhanced access to multi-disciplinary services, greater communication across services and improved information provision to families.

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Citation List Month

October 2016 List

Citation

Maria Brenner; Michael Connolly; Des Cawley; Frances Howlin; Jay Berry; Claire Quinn, “Family And Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions Of A Pilot Hospice At Home Programme For Children: A Qualitative Study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 26, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10655.

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