Allied Health Clinicians' Understanding of Palliative Care as It Relates to Patients, Caregivers, and Health Clinicians: A Cross-Sectional Survey

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Morgan, Deidre D
Rawlings, Deb
Button, Elizabeth Dionicia
Tieman, Jennifer
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Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals
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PURPOSE: The scope of hospice or palliative care has expanded since its inception, which has significant ramifications for the AH workforce. This study sought to elicit allied health (AH) clinicians' understanding and views about palliative care and its relevance to their clinical practice and to identify their educational needs. Results from analysis of free text survey responses to a single openended question from a larger survey are presented. METHODS: An online survey was distributed to AH clinicians via email lists for the CareSearch Allied Health Hub, Allied Health Professions Australia, and other groups. Descriptive statistics and content analysis of free text responses were used to analyse the data. RESULTS: A total of 217 AH clinicians responded to an email survey and 187 useable responses were analysed. Four themes were identified: 1) palliative care employs a client-centred model of care, 2) acknowledgement of living whilst dying, 3) interdisciplinary palliative care interventions provide active care in a range of domains, and 4) characteristics of palliative care teams and settings. CONCLUSION: AH clinicians plan an active role in physical, social, and psycho-spiritual care of palliative care patients and caregivers. Burgeoning numbers of palliative care patients in nonspecialist palliative care settings require AH clinicians to develop skills and competencies to work with people who have advanced disease.
© 2019 Journal of Allied Health and Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals. This author accepted manuscript is made available following 12 month embargo from date of publication (June 2019) in accordance with the publisher’s archiving policy
Allied health, Palliative care, Survey, Clinical practice, Competencies
Morgan, Deidre & Rawlings, Deb & Button, Elizabeth & Tieman, Jennifer. (2019). Allied Health clinicians' understanding of palliative care as it relates to patients, caregivers, and health clinicians: A cross-sectional survey. Journal of Allied Health. 48. 127-133