Isabel Dosser, Catriona Kennedy

International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 18, Iss. 10, 26 Oct 2012, pp 491 - 497

This paper reports findings from an exploratory qualitative study concerning end-of-life support for family carers in an acute ward setting. The participants included bereaved carers of patients who had died in an acute ward or hospice, as well as health professionals. Interviews and focus groups were used to collect data. The study provides insights into the perceptions and needs of carers at the end of life and the challenges these present for nursing staff in an acute ward. This paper focuses on one key theme incorporating issues around communication between family and nursing staff and the availability of practical facilities. It provides information that may be beneficial to hospital staff who work in acute areas where there is an expectation they will support carers around the time of death.

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