This episode features Merryn Gott (School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand). The aim of this study was to explore the role of community at end of life for people dying in advanced age from the perspective of their bereaved family caregivers. The study used a constructionist framework underpinned a qualitative research design. Data were analysed using critical thematic analysis.
A reduction in the social networks and community engagement of the older person was identified in the end-of-life period. Numerous barriers to community engagement in advanced age were identified. This study provides strong support for public health approaches to palliative care that advocate building social networks around people who are dying and their family carers. However, it also indicates that strategies to do so must be flexible enough to be responsive to the unique end-of-life circumstances of people in advanced age.
Full paper available from: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269216317735248
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This episode features Professor Miriam Johnson (Director, Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, Hull York Medical School). The aim of this study was to: establish cardiology led palliative care versus usual care was feasible, to assess quality of data capture, to facilitate future sample size calculation and to assess survival. Study design was a feasibility, non-randomised trial, which recruited unmatched symptomatic heart failure patients who were receiving maximal therapy for their disease.
The study recruited 77 participants (43 in palliative cardiology and 34 usual care). The study concluded that a future trial is feasible. No difference in survival was noted between the intervention and control groups. This study concludes that cardiology led palliative care may improve care delivery, but further research is required to test this hypothesis further.
Full paper available from:https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318763225