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An evaluation of dependency assessment: experiences of staff, patients and carers in a UK hospice.

Quinn, H, Allan, H and Bryan, K (2004) An evaluation of dependency assessment: experiences of staff, patients and carers in a UK hospice. Int J Palliat Nurs, 10 (12). pp. 592-599.

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AIM: To evaluate the experiences of health-care professionals, service users and carers of service users from a UK hospice in relation to dependency assessment. DESIGN: Qualitative evaluation. SAMPLE: Purposive, convenience sample of hospice staff, patients receiving hospice services and carers of patients receiving hospice services. METHODS: Focus group interviews with hospice staff and carers of hospice service users. Individual interviews with patients. RESULTS: Staff felt the tool used produced inaccurate results, in part because of omissions in content. They did not perceive the data produced affected working practice, e.g. staffing levels. Patients described unobtrusive assessment and stated their needs were met. Carers reported feelings of isolation. They also described differing information and support needs from the patients. CONCLUSION: Further research is required to improve the validity of dependency data collection. Further investigation of carer assessment is also justified.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Quinn, H
Date : December 2004
DOI : 10.12968/ijpn.2004.10.12.17284
Uncontrolled Keywords : Aged, Caregivers, Dependency (Psychology), Female, Focus Groups, Great Britain, Hospices, Humans, Male, Needs Assessment, Neoplasms, Palliative Care
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:13
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 16:20

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