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Palliative Care provided by out-of-hours doctors - setting the scene and implementing an education programme

Taubert, Mark 2011. Palliative Care provided by out-of-hours doctors - setting the scene and implementing an education programme. Presented at: BMJ International Forum Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Amsterdam, 05-08 April 2011.

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Abstract

This research study set out to explore how palliative care impacts on the out-of-hours services in South Wales, UK. We focused in particular on GPs who work these shifts outside normal daytime working hours. Patients with cancer are estimated to spend 90% of the last year of their lives in their homes and at least two-thirds of this falls within time that is defined as ‘out-of-hours’. This means that palliative care patients are very likely to encounter out-of-hours doctors and will be reliant on their knowledge and expertise. But how do GPs who work regular out-of-hours shifts see themselves within the provision of palliative care and what do they perceive as problems? The initial phase of our project constituted a needs assessment (What do out-of-hours GPs feel they need in order to be able to provide good palliative care and what affects their confidence in this area?). The second part focused on the implementation of a program that could incorporate and cater for some of the quality and safety issues that out-of-hours GPs had commented on and to provide a programme of education, the ‘Short Course for GPs’.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Acceptance
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Date of Acceptance: 1 January 2011
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 16:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/117276

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