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

Payne, S., Hawker, S., Kerr, C., Seamark, D., Jarrett, N., Roberts, H. 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. ISSN 0969-9260

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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
Keywords: community hospitals; end-of-life care; palliative care; eduction; questionnaire survey
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Depositing User: Jane Harle
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2012 13:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2016
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