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BACKGROUND Current end-of-life care policy and guidance recognises the important contribution of family carers, recommending that their needs should be assessed to support them in their caring role. How regular carer assessment is to be achieved is unclear, particularly because there is no evidence-based tool for directly assessing carers' support needs(More)
CONTEXT Family carers need to be supported in their central role of caring for patients at the end of life, but brief practical tools to assess their support needs have been missing. To address this gap, we developed a brief evidence-based Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) suitable for everyday practice. OBJECTIVES To assess face, content, and(More)
The aim of this study was to examine UK district nurses' perceptions of their role in supporting palliative care cancer patients. Patients with cancer are living longer with the disease. District nurses are the largest UK workforce caring for people with cancer at home, the preferred place of care. Meeting patients' supportive and palliative care needs is(More)
BACKGROUND Difficulties in managing symptoms of palliative care patients at home have been identified, yet there has been no investigation of agreement on symptom assessment in primary care. Lack of agreement between patients' and primary care professionals' symptom assessments may be contributing to difficulties in symptom control. AIM To investigate(More)
In the UK, researchers' access to study populations and control over selection of participants is becoming increasingly constrained by data protection and research governance legislation. Intervening stages placed between researchers and the population they wish to study can have serious effects on recruitment and ultimately on the validity of studies. In(More)
Support for family caregivers is a core function of palliative care. However, there is a lack of consistency in the way needs are assessed, few longitudinal studies to examine the impact of caregiving, and a dearth of evidence-based interventions. In order to help redress this situation, identification of suitable instruments to examine the caregiving(More)
This study investigated (a) whether carer bereavement outcome is affected by the achievement of the patient's and/or carers' preferred place of death and (b) the relationship between carer satisfaction with end of life care and bereavement outcome. Participants were 216 carers of patients referred to hospice at home (H@H). Prospective recording of preferred(More)
BACKGROUND there is increasing interest in combining qualitative and quantitative research methods to provide comprehensiveness and greater knowledge yield. Mixed methods are valuable in the development and evaluation of complex interventions. They are therefore particularly valuable in palliative care research where the majority of interventions are(More)
To report the experience of using the SEIQoL-DW for the measurement of quality of life with patients with advanced COPD and consider its feasibility, acceptability and appropriateness for a Phase III randomised controlled trial (RCT). The SEIQoL-DW was administered according to its instructions within a Phase II RCT 3–5 times per patient, across 13 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Systematic assessment of family caregivers' support needs and integrating these into service planning according to evidence-based research are vital to improving caregivers' outcomes and their capacity to provide care at end of life. AIM To describe the experience with and feedback of nurses on implementing a systematic assessment of support(More)