People caring for palliative patients at home identify respite care as a key need. However, caregiver concern over the skill level of respite care providers has been cited as a common barrier to uptake and satisfaction with respite services. This study implemented and evaluated an at-home palliative care respite service delivered by enrolled nurses, known by various names in the UK. It was found that the program reduced hospitalizations of palliative patients by 80% and potentially increased the likelihood that they would die at home.
|Journal||International Journal of Palliative Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
Barrett, M., Wheatland, B., Haselby, P., Larson, A., Kristjanson, L., & Whyatt, D. (2009). Palliative respite services using nursing staff reduces hospitalization of patients and improves acceptance among carers. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 15(8), 389-395.