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What do GPs and Bereaved Parents Think About Paediatric Oncologists and Palliative Care?

Neilson, Susan, Clifford, C., Gibson, F. and Greenfield, S. (2013) What do GPs and Bereaved Parents Think About Paediatric Oncologists and Palliative Care? In: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Conference (jointly held with 6th Europaediatrics), 5th - 8th June 2013, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow. (Unpublished)

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The aim of the study was to examine the experiences of bereaved parents and general practitioners (GPs) following the death of a child with cancer within the family home. This presenta-tion focuses on one of the findings; the parent and GP views on the hospital consultants’ involvement in the palliative care.
A community based qualitative study.Setting West Midlands region, UK.
Purposeful sample of 18 GPs and 11 bereaved families. The sample was drawn from the families and GPs of children who had been treated for cancer at a regional childhood cancer centre and who subsequently died within the family home.
One-to-one semi-structured tape-recorded interviews were undertaken with GPs and bereaved parents following the death at home of a child with cancer. GPs were contacted three months after the death of the child and the parents at six months. Thematic analysis of the transcriptions was undertaken.
Parents described feeling abandoned at the transition to palliation when management of care transferred to the GP. Families did not perceive a seamless service of medical care between hospital and community. Where offered consultant contact was valued by families and GPs. Text and email were used by families as a means of asking the consultant questions. The GPs lacked role clarity where the consultant continued involvement in the care.
The transition to palliation and the transfer of care to community services needs to be sensitively and actively man-aged for the family and the GP. Medical care between tertiary andprimary care should be seen as a continuum. Improving GP: consultant communication could aid role clarity, identify mecha-nisms for support and advice, and promote the active engagement of the GP in the care. Exploring opportunities for integrated con-sultant: GP working could maximise mutual learning and support and enhance care provision. The level, access and duration of ongoing contact between consultants and families/GPs require clarity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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The full-text cannot be supplied for this conference paper. The abstract has been published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, June 2013, Volume 98, Suppl 1.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: palliative care, paediatric oncologists, bereaved parents, GPs, family home,
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2016 09:52
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:12

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