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Eriksson, Gerd
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Eriksson, G., Wahlström Bergstedt, T. & Melin-Johansson, C. (2015). The need for palliative care education, support and reflection among rural nurses and other staff – A quantitative study. Palliative & Supportive Care, 13(2), 265-274
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The need for palliative care education, support and reflection among rural nurses and other staff – A quantitative study
2015 (English)In: Palliative & Supportive Care, ISSN 1478-9515, E-ISSN 1478-9523, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 265-274Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Many people now die in community care, and, considering the aging population, all healthcare staff members must be prepared to provide palliative care. Our objectives were to describe the total staff working in different care organizations in a rural community in Sweden and to explore palliative care competence, to describe educational gaps and the need for support and reflection, and to determine whether there are differences in care organizations, professions, age, and gender.Method: A 4-section 20-item questionnaire was distributed to 1686 staff (65% response rate): in nursing homes (n = 395), home care (n = 240), and group residential settings (n = 365). Registered nurses (n = 70), assistant nurses (n = 916), managers (n = 43), and paramedics (n = 33) participated. Descriptive and correlational statistics were employed.Results: Significant differences were found, and 40% (53% among men) lacked palliative care education, Fewer than 50% lacked education in the spiritual/existential areas, and 75% of those aged 20–66 (75% women, 55% men) needed further education. More women than men and staff aged 50–59 had an increased need to reflect.Significance of Results: Our study may provide guidance for managers in rural communities when planning educational interventions in palliative care for healthcare staff and may support direct education with content for specific professions.

Caregivers, Community health services, Education, Palliative care, Questionnaire design
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urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22923 (URN)10.1017/S1478951513001272 (DOI)000355111400021 ()2-s2.0-84928581563 (Scopus ID)

Published online: 27 February 2014

Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-09-11 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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