The transition to palliative care: A critical exploration in the context of metastatic melanoma

Fox, Jennifer A. (2015) The transition to palliative care: A critical exploration in the context of metastatic melanoma. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research explored the transition to palliative care process through critical analysis of the experiences of patients diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, family carers and health professionals. The outcomes depict a complex intersection between acute care services and palliative care where the discipline of palliative care struggled to position itself within a highly specialised health system. The findings indicate uncertainty around scopes of practice with ambiguity and tension around the transition to palliative care. The research thus argues for stronger and more coherent partnerships and a critical and interdisciplinary conversation about the positioning of palliative care in the acute care sector.

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ID Code: 83728
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Yates, Patsy, Windsor, Carol, & Chambers, Shirley
Keywords: palliative care, transition, specialisation, melanoma, acute care, qualitative, Habermas, cancer
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 04:33
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 14:46

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