A QUALITATIVE STUDY INVESTIGATING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS’ PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNICATING WITH RELATIVES OF PATIENTS AT THE END OF LIFE
Shutt, Rebecca (2012) A QUALITATIVE STUDY INVESTIGATING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS’ PERCEPTIONS OF COMMUNICATING WITH RELATIVES OF PATIENTS AT THE END OF LIFE. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
The most common place of death in the early twenty-first century has become acute hospitals with less people experiencing End of Life (EOL) care in other settings such as at home or in residential care or hospice. End of Life care is an increasingly important sector of care within the UK, as life expectancy continues to rise and treatment methods that increase longevity will lead to a growing elderly population that will suffer from ageing diseases such as cancer and heart failure. Everyone is different so the impact death and dying has on relatives will vary also. Gaining a greater understanding of HCPs’ perceptions of communicating with relatives of those at the EOL will be insightful and allow for development of research. This can be achieved if research continues to seek further understanding of any challenging and recurrent situations experienced in an acute EOL care setting in the UK.
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