Commissioning care for people with dementia at the end of life: a mixed-methods study

Gotts, Z. M., Baur, N., McLellan, E., Goodman, C., Robinson, L. and Lee, R. P. (2016) Commissioning care for people with dementia at the end of life: a mixed-methods study. BMJ Open, 6(12), e013554. (doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013554) (PMID:28003297) (PMCID:PMC5223660)

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Abstract

Objectives: To understand how end-of-life (EoL) care for people with dementia is currently commissioned (ie, contracted) and organised, with a view to informing the development of commissioning guidance for good-quality community-based EoL care in dementia. Design: Mixed-methods study; narrative review and qualitative interviews. Setting: 8 National Health Service (NHS) clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and five adult services across England. Methods: Narrative review of evidence; 20 semistructured interviews (telephone and face-to-face) with professionals involved in commissioning EoL care for people with dementia. Main outcome measures: Summary of the existing evidence base for commissioning, commissioners' approaches to the commissioning process for EoL care for people with dementia in England. Results: In the context of commissioning EoL for people with dementia, the literature review generated three key themes: (1) importance of joint commissioning; (2) lack of clarity for the process and (3) factors influencing commissioning. In exploring health professionals' perceptions of the commissioning process, ‘uncertainty’ was elicited as an overarching theme across the CCGs interviewed. Organisation of the process, lack of expertise, issues surrounding integration and the art of specification were considered important factors that contribute to the uncertainty surrounding the commissioning process. Conclusions: The current evidence base for commissioning EoL care is limited with considerable uncertainty as how clinical commissioners in England undertake the process to ensure future services are evidence-based.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Baur, Dr Nicole
Authors: Gotts, Z. M., Baur, N., McLellan, E., Goodman, C., Robinson, L., and Lee, R. P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:BMJ Open
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:2044-6055
ISSN (Online):2044-6055
Published Online:21 December 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMJ Open 6(12):e013554
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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