A good resource for parents, but will clinicians use it?: Evaluation of a resource for paediatric end-of-life decision making
AuthorDelany, C; Xafis, V; Gillam, L; Hughson, J-A; Hynson, J; Wilkinson, D
Source TitleBMC PALLIATIVE CARE
Clinical School (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsDelany, C; Xafis, V; Gillam, L; Hughson, J-A; Hynson, J; Wilkinson, D, A good resource for parents, but will clinicians use it?: Evaluation of a resource for paediatric end-of-life decision making, BMC PALLIATIVE CARE, 2017, 16
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5264290
BACKGROUND: Communication with parents about end-of-life care and decisions is a difficult and sensitive process. The objective of the present study was to ascertain clinicians' views on the acceptability and usefulness of a handbook and web-based resource (Caring Decisions) that was designed as an aid for parents facing end-of-life decisions for their child. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted with a range of health professionals who provide care to children facing life-limiting conditions. RESULTS: Data analysis confirmed the acceptability and usefulness of the resource. Two major themes were revealed: 1. Family empowerment, with sub-themes Giving words and clarity, Conversation starter, 'I'm not alone in this', and A resource to take away, highlighted how the resource filled a gap by supporting and enabling families in a multitude of ways; 2. Not just for families, with sub-themes A guide for staff, When to give the resource?, How to give the resource and Who should give the resource?, explored the significant finding that participants viewed the resource as a valuable tool for themselves, but its presence also brought into relief potential gaps in communication processes around end-of-life care. CONCLUSION: The interview data indicated the positive reception and clear value and need for this type of resource. However, it is likely that successful resource uptake will be contingent on discussion and planning around dissemination and use within the health care team.
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