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AIM AND OBJECTIVES This article explores relatives' experiences of receiving soft tissue massage as a support supplement while caring for a dying family member at home. BACKGROUND In palliative home care, relatives play an important role as carers to seriously ill and dying family members. To improve their quality of life, different support strategies are(More)
Soft tissue massage is currently used in palliative care for the relief of anxiety and pain. Only few studies have focused on patients’ deeper experience of receiving the massage. The purpose of this study was to explore how patients with cancer in palliative home care experienced soft tissue massage. Twenty-two patients received soft tissue massage (hand(More)
AIM AND OBJECTIVES This paper explores how bereaved relatives experienced soft tissue massage during the first four months after the death of a family member who was in palliative cancer care. BACKGROUND Death of a close family member or friend is recognised as being an emotional and existential turning point in life. Previous studies emphasise need for(More)
BACKGROUND A fragmented health care system leads to an increased demand for continuity of care across health care levels. Research indicates age-related differences during care transition, with the oldest patients having experiences and needs that differ from those of other patients. To meet the older patients' needs and preferences during care transition,(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate first-line nursing home managers' views on their leadership and related to that, palliative care. Previous research reveals insufficient palliation, and a number of barriers towards implementation of palliative care in nursing homes. Among those barriers are issues related to leadership quality. First-line managers(More)
In order to better understand the context of suffering from dementia disorders, greater efforts should be made to understand and identify what persons with such disorders experience when living in a nursing home. The aim of this qualitative study was to gain further understanding of how persons with dementia disorders experienced and coped with their(More)
OBJECTIVE This study is part of the overarching PVIS (Palliative Care in Nursing Homes) project aimed at building competence in palliative care for nursing home staff. Our objective was to describe nursing home staff's attitudes to competence-building programs in palliative care. METHOD Three different programs were developed by specialist staff from(More)
OBJECTIVE Increasing awareness of well-being aspects of physical touch has spurred the appreciation for soft tissue massage (STM) as part of palliative care. Educational programs are available but with no specific focus on utilization for this kind of care. The aim was to study the feasibility of a 1-day course in STM in clarifying nursing staff's(More)
The overall aim of this thesis was to explore how patients, relatives and nursing staff experienced soft tissue massage in palliative care. In order to explicate the experiences of soft tissue massage two methodological approaches were used. To retrieve information of how soft tissue massage was experienced among patients and relatives, in-depth interviews(More)
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