The work of palliative day care extends the philosophy andpractice of palliative care to patients in the community. It supportsthe needs of patients who have a diminished ability to fulfiltheir family and societal roles. The extent to which these aimsreflect current practice, however, has not been fully assessed,particularly in Australia. There is also a lack of research onpatients’ experiences of palliative day care. The key aim of thisstudy was, therefore, to explore patients’ experiences of palliativeday care in a Western Australian context. Eight patients (twomales and six females) with ages ranging from 44 to 82 years wereinterviewed. Four broad themes emerged from the data, relatedto patients’ experiences: being bounded physically; temporally;and socially; and the role of palliative day care in supportingpatients. This study highlighted the potential for palliative day careto provide a therapeutic community space. Implications of thesefindings for palliative day care are discussed.
|Journal||International Journal of Palliative Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|