Towards a public health approach for palliative care: an action-research study focused on engaging a local community and educating teenagers

Title

Towards a public health approach for palliative care: an action-research study focused on engaging a local community and educating teenagers

Creator

Martins Pereira S; Araujo J; Hernandez-Marrero P

Publisher

BMC Palliative Care

Date

2018

Description

BACKGROUND: Education sessions about palliative care among teenagers are uncommon in developed countries. However, very little is known either about the impact of this type of intervention or about how this age-group perceives its impact. The purpose of this study was therefore to (i) implement an education program about palliative care among teenagers and (ii) to investigate the impact of the program on the participants. METHODS: An action-research study was conducted at a local community parish in Portugal in November 2015. An education programme was purposively built about palliative care, using active educational strategies adapted for teenagers. Quantitative and qualitative techniques and instruments were used for data collection: questionnaire; reflective diaries; interviews and written testimony. The program had three stages: preparation; intervention; and evaluation. Qualitative data were analysed using thematic content analysis; quantitative data were analysed descriptively. RESULTS: 69 people (47 teenagers) participated in the education program. Findings show that the education program contributed to creating awareness about palliative care. Both the teenagers and other participants assessed the education program positively. At the end of the program, teenagers had a constructive message about palliative care. CONCLUSIONS: The education-intervention contributed to create awareness about palliative care among the participant teenagers, who ended the program with a positive message about palliative care. Based on our findings, the following policy implications can be drawn: (1) Further research is needed to evaluate the effect of education programs about palliative care among younger age groups (teenagers and children), particularly in relation to the changing of attitudes toward palliative care. (2) Education about palliative care should be promoted to local communities, involving all age groups, to foster involvement, participation and empowerment. (3) Compassionate communities should be promoted to enhance the health and wellbeing of all citizens at the end of their life.

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Citation List Month

August 2018 List

Issue

1

Volume

17

Collection

Citation

Martins Pereira S; Araujo J; Hernandez-Marrero P, “Towards a public health approach for palliative care: an action-research study focused on engaging a local community and educating teenagers,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 21, 2018, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15548.

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