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Healthcare workers skills : perceived competence and experiences of end-of-life care in community hospitals.

Payne, Sheila and Hawker, Sheila and Kerr, Chris and Seamark, David and Jarrett, Nicola and Roberts, Helen and Smith, Helen (2007) Healthcare workers skills : perceived competence and experiences of end-of-life care in community hospitals. Progress in Palliative Care, 15 (3). pp. 118-125.

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Abstract

Abstract: Objectives: To understand the knowledge, skills and confidence of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in delivering end-of-life care in community hospitals. Research design: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was carried out to evaluate doctors', nurses' and other staff's self-reported knowledge and confidence in delivering general aspects of end-of-life care in six community hospitals in the South West and South East of England. Approximately 900 hours of non-participant observation was conducted. Participants: Staff associated with community hospitals were invited to complete a questionnaire and 346 questionnaires were distributed, with 125 returned (response rate 36%). The sample consisted of: medical staff (n = 31), nursing staff (n = 44), health care assistants (n = 22) and other professional workers (n = 28). Results: Staff reported having knowledge, skills and confidence in symptom control but had less expertise in psychological, spiritual and bereavement care. End-of-life care needs to be delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Our findings indicate that further education is required in psychosocial care.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Palliative Care
Uncontrolled Keywords: COMMUNITY HOSPITALS ; END-OF-LIFE CARE ; PALLIATIVE CARE ; EDUCATION ; QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32631
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2010 08:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 14:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32631

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