"It's not about treatment, it's how to improve your life": The lived experience of occupational therapy in palliative care

Title

"It's not about treatment, it's how to improve your life": The lived experience of occupational therapy in palliative care

Creator

Badger S; Macleod R; Honey A

Publisher

Palliative & Supportive Care

Date

2016

Subject

Professional-patient Relationship; Psychology; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Australia; Female; Human; Male; Middle Aged; Occupational Therapy; Palliative Therapy; Procedures; Qualitative Research; Quality Of Life; Standards; Very Elderly

Description

OBJECTIVES: A key aim of palliative care is to improve the quality-of-life of people with a life-threatening illness. Occupational therapists are well positioned to contribute to this aim due to their broad range of interventions, client-centeredness and focus on occupation. However, there is a limited understanding of how occupational therapy contributes to the end-of-life experience, which is crucial to providing optimal care. The aim of this study is to investigate the lived experience of occupational therapy in palliative care for people with a life-threatening illness. METHOD: A hermeneutic interpretive phenomenological approach was adopted. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants recruited from inpatient and outpatient sectors of a specialist palliative care hospital in Sydney, Australia. RESULTS: The two themes developed from participant responses were: (1) occupational therapy provides comfort and safety and (2) trusting the occupational therapist to know what is needed. SIGNIFICANCE OF RESULTS: This study gives insight into the ways in which people with a life-threatening illness experience occupational therapy in palliative care. In addition, it provides a starting point to guide practice that is attentive to the needs of people with a life-threatening illness at end-of-life, thus enhancing client-centered care.

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Citation List Month

December 2017 List

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Citation

Badger S; Macleod R; Honey A, “"It's not about treatment, it's how to improve your life": The lived experience of occupational therapy in palliative care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 28, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11057.

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