An Insight Into the Delivery of a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care. The General Practitioner Perspective.
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Managing the complex care needs of older people is a global concern. General practitioners (GPs) play a pivotal role in aged care, yet little is known about their capacity to provide palliative care in nursing homes. This study aimed to investigate GPs' perceptions and understanding of a palliative approach. A convenience sample of rural GPs (n=13) participated in a series of three focus groups undertaken in August, 2005. These focus groups were all audio-taped, transcribed, and analysed using thematic content analysis. Four key themes emerged: uncertainty about a palliative approach, a need to reorientate providers, the challenges of managing third parties, and making it work and moving forward. These prelininary findings suggest that integrating a palliative approach in aged care requires GPs to have a great awareness of this paradigm and to be more effectively engaged in multidisciplinary care planning.
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28/3, February/2009 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © The Authors.
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