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Title: EXPERIENCES OF HOSPITAL PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES AND SUPPORTIVE NEEDS OF CAREGIVERS: A DESCRIPTIVE QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY STUDY
Authors: KELVINA GUO YIXIAN
Keywords: Caregivers
Experience
Palliative Care
Supportive Needs
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: KELVINA GUO YIXIAN (2019-05-25). EXPERIENCES OF HOSPITAL PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES AND SUPPORTIVE NEEDS OF CAREGIVERS: A DESCRIPTIVE QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: Palliative care aims to reduce suffering and attain the best Quality of Life (QoL) possible for the patients and their families. Little is known how caregivers perceive the usefulness of hospital palliative care services (PCS) to help them transit the care from hospital to home and their supportive needs required during caregiving. Aim: The aims of the study were to 1) investigate the experiences of the hospital PCS and supportive needs of caregivers; 2) compare experiences and supportive needs with different socio-demographics; 3) compare supportive needs required with the PCS experience. Methods: A descriptive quantitative study was conducted. A convenience sample of 55 caregivers from an acute tertiary hospital were recruited. The Palliative Care Evaluation Tool Kit (PCEKT) measured the caregivers’ PCS experiences while the Carer Supportive Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) measured their supportive needs. Chi-Square and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to analyze the PCS experiences and supportive needs respectively. Kruskal-Wallis Test was also used to compare the level of supportive needs among the different PCS experiences. Results: Caregivers’ PCS experiences were good, but majority was not aware about the available respite services. Caregivers required most support in understanding their relatives’ condition. There were statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) in hospital PCS experiences with 1) age groups; 2) gender; 3) nationalities, race and relationship to patient; while supportive needs with 1) gender; 2) education levels. The amount of attention paid by PCS teams to the caregivers’ needs affect their level of support required. Conclusion and Implications: This study supplemented existing knowledge regarding socio-demographics that affect caregivers’ PCS experiences and supportive needs. Results from this study should be taken into consideration while expanding the PCS in Singapore. Future research studies can consider other methodologies to achieve greater insights on the study variables.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153769
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