A Qualitative Exploration of the Experiences of People Living Alone and Receiving Community-Based Palliative Care
|dc.identifier.citation||O'Connor, M. 2014. A Qualitative Exploration of the Experiences of People Living Alone and Receiving Community-Based Palliative Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 17 (2): pp. 200-203.|
Background: It is projected that in Australia there will be between 28% and 48% of palliative care patients living alone by the year 2031. As such, it will become increasingly important to provide appropriate home-based care in order to support these patients to be cared for and die at home. Aim: This study explored the experiences of community-based palliative care cancer patients who live alone without a caregiver and what psychosocial issues they face. Methods: Face-to-face semistructured interviews were conducted with eight participants, and constant comparison was used for the analysis. Findings: Four main themes emerged: (1) loss of social networks; (2) maintaining independence; (3) balancing independence and the need for assistance; and (4) planning for the end of life. Discussion: Participants balanced independence with the need to accept help in order to maintain independence. Participants became more flexible about their preferred place of death. Conclusion: The practice implications for working with people close to death who are living alone are that supports and assistance may be needed to maintain social networks and also a sense of independence.
|dc.publisher||Mary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers|
|dc.title||A Qualitative Exploration of the Experiences of People Living Alone and Receiving Community-Based Palliative Care|
|dcterms.source.title||Journal of Palliative Medicine|
|curtin.department||School of Psychology|
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