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The experiences of patients and carers in the daily management of care at the end of life

Hardy, Beth, King, Nigel and Rodriguez, Alison (2014) The experiences of patients and carers in the daily management of care at the end of life. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 20 (12). pp. 591-598. ISSN 1357-6321

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Home is the preferred location for most people with an advanced disease and at the end of life. A variety of care professionals work in community settings to provide support to this population. Patients and their spouses, who also care for them (spouse-carers), are rarely accompanied by these sources of support at all times, and have to manage independently between their contact with care professionals.

To explore how patients and spouse-carers manage their involvement with care professionals in the community setting.

Interpretive phenomenology informs the design of the research, whereby 16 interviews were conducted with the patients and spouse-carers. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed using phenomenological techniques including template analysis.

Patients and spouse-carers were interdependent and both parties played a role in co-ordinating care and managing relationships with professional care providers. The patients and spouse-carers actively made choices about how to manage their situation, and develop and modify managing strategies based on their experiences.

When daily management is effective and care professionals acknowledge the dyadic nature of the patient and spouse-carer relationship, people have confidence in living with advanced disease.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 00:03


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