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Exploring the experiences and perspectives of families using a children’s hospice and professionals providing hospice care to identify future research priorities for children’s hospice care

Citation
Malcolm C, Forbat L, Knighting K & Kearney N (2008) Exploring the experiences and perspectives of families using a children’s hospice and professionals providing hospice care to identify future research priorities for children’s hospice care. Palliative Medicine, 22 (8), pp. 921-928. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216308098214

Abstract
Objective: To generate a list of priority topics for children’s hospice care research in Scotland from the perspective of its key stakeholders. Method: Qualitative semi-structured interviews with families using hospice services (n=5), four focus groups with hospice staff and volunteers (n=44) and telephone interviews with professionals associated with the hospice (n=18). Results: Fourteen broad themes emerged following thematic content and interpretive analysis of the interview data. Some of the research themes were specific to certain stakeholder groups, whereas other themes were identified unanimously across all of the stakeholder groups as being priority areas for future research. Increasing awareness of and improving access to children’s hospice care, hospice and respite care needs of young people, community/home care and issues related to supporting the wider family arose, independently, in all three stakeholder groups as being priority topics for future research. Conclusion: A greater evidence base is required in the field of children’s palliative care and the topics researched should be identified and led by those most closely involved in the hospices. Engaging families and care providers in the process of identifying research priorities resulted in the development of an extensive research agenda, which will contribute to quality hospice care for children and families.

Keywords
hospice care; palliative care services; research priorities; qualitative; palliative care; Hospice care; Hospices (Terminal care) Research; Home care services Research

Journal
Palliative Medicine: Volume 22, Issue 8

StatusPublished
Author(s)Malcolm, Cari; Forbat, Liz; Knighting, Katherine; Kearney, Nora
Publication date31/12/2008
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1022
PublisherSage
ISSN0269-2163
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