Supporting family caregivers with palliative symptom management: A qualitative analysis of the provision of an emergency medication kit in the home setting

Rosenberg, John P., Bullen, Tracey, & Maher, Kate (2015) Supporting family caregivers with palliative symptom management: A qualitative analysis of the provision of an emergency medication kit in the home setting. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 32(5), pp. 484-489.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this qualitative analysis was to examine the experiences of family caregivers supporting a dying person in the home setting. In particular, it explores caregivers’ perceptions of receiving palliative care at home when supplied with an emergency medication kit (EMK).

Results

Most family caregivers described preexisting medication management strategies that were unable to provide timely intervention in symptoms. The EMK was largely viewed as an effective strategy in providing timely symptom control and preventing readmission to inpatient care. Caregivers reported varying levels of confidence in the administration of medication.

Conclusion

The provision of an EMK is an effective strategy for improving symptom control and preventing inpatient admissions of home-dwelling palliative care patients.

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ID Code: 78583
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: caregiver, palliative care, qualitative research, personal narratives, emergency medication, home care, CEDM
DOI: 10.1177/1049909114531326
ISSN: 1938-2715
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2014 22:42
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2015 00:54

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