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An overview of adult bereavement support in the United Kingdom : issues for policy and practice.

Field, David and Payne, Sheila and Relf, Marilyn and Reid, David (2007) An overview of adult bereavement support in the United Kingdom : issues for policy and practice. Social Science and Medicine, 64 (2). pp. 428-438. ISSN 0277-9536

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This paper considers some issues in the provision of adult bereavement support in UK hospices. The paper is based on the findings of a multi-method study conducted in two phases over 30 months (2003–2005) to examine the nature and quality of adult bereavement support in UK hospices from the perspectives of bereaved people and professional and volunteer bereavement workers [Field, Reid, Payne, & Relf (2005). Adult Bereavement Support in Five Hospices in England. Sheffield, UK: Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research Group, University of Sheffield. (Available from Professor Payne)]. It discusses the importance of continuity between pre-bereavement and bereavement support, the integration of bereavement services within hospices and the involvement of volunteers in bereavement support. It then discusses the engagement of UK hospices in the broader development of bereavement support. Although hospices have developed expertise in supporting bereaved people, our research suggests that they have not had a major impact on other health service providers, such as general practitioners and distinct nurses and staff in acute hospital trusts, in this area.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Science and Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bereavement ; Hospices ; Health policy ; UK ; Volunteers
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ID Code: 32623
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2010 16:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 02:37
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