Improving palliative care services : a pragmatic model for evaluating services and assessing unmet need.

Wiles, Rose A. and Payne, Sheila and Jarrett, Nicola (1999) Improving palliative care services : a pragmatic model for evaluating services and assessing unmet need. Palliative Medicine, 13 (2). pp. 131-137. ISSN 1477-030X

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Abstract

Evaluating local palliative care services and identifying gaps in services for patients are crucial to the development of services which enable people to die at home in a well-supported environment. A review of the local strategy for providing respite and support services for palliative care patients and their carers was carried out in one area of south-east England. The review comprised four elements: identification of services available; interviews with provider ‘stakeholders’; interviews with patients and carers; questionnaire survey of general practitioners and district nurses. The findings and outcome are described. It is suggested that this approach could be adopted by health authorities to form one part of a comprehensive system of needs assessment. Alternatively, it could be used by groups of providers to evaluate existing services and to identify potential improvements to services. Advantages and disadvantages of the approach for both commissioners of such reviews and those carrying them out are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Palliative Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/r1
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ID Code: 32468
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2010 09:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 03:03
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32468

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