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Type: Thesis
Title: An investigation of palliative care nurses' perceptions and views of an extended hours community nursing service at the Northern Adelaide Palliative Service.
Author: Grigson, Jane Maree
Issue Date: 2014
School/Discipline: School of Nursing
Abstract: Background Palliative care as a health specialty has undergone dramatic growth across the globe since the 1960’s. With this growth has come an array of service models, providing palliative care in a variety of ways. The situation in Australia is no different, and the inequity of access to palliative care has been noted at both a commonwealth and state government level. Purpose This study investigated the perceptions and views of the nurses into an extended hour’s community nursing service at Northern Adelaide Palliative Service. The data obtained was intended to identify if there was any perceived need for a change in service delivery and any potential benefits to the current client group. Methods This is a mixed method study, combining the collection of qualitative data from the current nursing staff and an analysis of the after-hours telephone calls to the service. Nursing staff were interviewed individually using a semi-structured approach. Telephone data reviewed was information already collected by Northern Adelaide Palliative Service, and all data was de-identified prior to review. Results Data gathered from the interviews revealed that whilst there was support for the concept of an extended hour’s community service in general, this support did not translate to the local setting. A lack of consensus existed between current nurses of Northern Adelaide Palliative Care Service in relation to both the need for an extended hour’s service and the potential benefits to the current client group. The telephone data identified that nearly a third of all calls received could have been responded to by a nurse, with the majority of these calls being received after eight in the morning until ten at night. Conclusion Overall the data obtained is not convincing in indicating either a desire or need for an extended hours community nursing service at Northern Adelaide Palliative Service. Despite this the management and care of the palliative patient in the after-hours period continues to be an area of concern. It would be beneficial to collect additional data from all users of the service to obtain their view on the effectiveness and accessibility of the service.
Advisor: Cameron, Kate
Harvey, Gillian
Dissertation Note: Thesis (M.Nurs.Prac.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Nursing, 2014
Keywords: coursework; palliative care; Community Nurses; extended hours service
Provenance: [Master of Nursing Practitioner] by coursework
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