What information and resources do carers require pre and post bereavement in the acute hospital setting? A rapid review

Jackson, B., McPeake, J. and Johnston, B. (2019) What information and resources do carers require pre and post bereavement in the acute hospital setting? A rapid review. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 13(4), pp. 328-336. (doi: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000462) (PMID:31689270)

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Purpose of review: This mixed-method, rapid review of published research from 2014 to 2019 aims to explore the experiences of pre and postbereaved carers, and the information that they receive in the acute hospital setting. The quality of articles was evaluated using a standardized quality matrix. The techniques of conceptual analysis and idea mapping were used to create a structured synthesis of the findings. Recent findings: From the initial search of 432 articles, ten studies met the inclusion criteria for this review. These studies generated data from 42 patients, 1968 family/carers and 139 healthcare staff. Themes that were generated from a synthesis of the included articles were clear and timely communication, workforce provision and environment. Summary: This review has highlighted the need for improvements in information provision for carers as part of end of life care. Furthermore, the need for specific staff education and training to enable staff to confidently communicate with dying patients and their relatives in the acute setting is also warranted. Understanding and addressing gaps in knowledge and practice are essential to develop strategies in this complex area. Simple strategies can be implemented to improve the care of carers both pre and post bereavement in acute care.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McPeake, Dr Jo and Johnston, Professor Bridget
Authors: Jackson, B., McPeake, J., and Johnston, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Publisher:Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
ISSN (Online):1751-4266
Published Online:13 September 2019

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