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Research project: Towards effective inter-professional education and practice: Patients' perceptions of inter- and intra- professional communication (IIPC) in the palliative care setting - Dormant - Dormant

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National Health Service policy highlights the importance of continuity, teamwork and inter-and intra-professional communication to effectively co-ordinate the management and delivery of patient care.

Overview

A recent review on interventions to promote collaboration between nurses and doctors (1) concluded that increasing collaboration improved outcomes considered important to patients and managers, but more qualitative research is needed to help identify barriers to this collaboration. Research has revealed some problems with IIPC (2) and the interface between the different locations of care delivery (3) . However, research has not fully considered patients' experiences and perceptions of the communication between the various professionals delivering and managing their care in palliative care.

User views and participation are vitally important in the planning and evaluation of education, practice and research. There is a need to investigate patients' views of the current extent of IIPC in palliative care, together with the factors that facilitate and impede it and importantly, the impact that IIPC, or lack of it, has on patient defined outcomes.

Main question(s)

What are patients' experiences of communication between and within the various groups of health and social care professionals involved in the delivery and management of their care?

Methodology

In-depth interviews with 30 patients from two palliative care settings. Analyses will be informed by a grounded theory approach.

Main outcomes

  1. Greater understanding of patients' experiences of communication between and within the various groups of health and social care professionals involved in the delivery and management of their care.
  2. Identification of the factors patients perceive to be influential in facilitating and inhibiting effective IIPC.
  3. Identification of the impact that effective IIPC, or lack of it, has on patient defined outcomes in the palliative care setting.

Ongoing interests

Inter-professional communication; patients experiences; cancer and palliative care.

Project team

Sue Latter, Nikki Jarrett 

Project funder

HOPE

Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation
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