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Evaluation of a hospice rapid response community service: a controlled evaluation

Butler, Claire, Holdsworth, Laura M., Coulton, Simon, Gage, Heather (2012) Evaluation of a hospice rapid response community service: a controlled evaluation. BMC Palliative Care, 11 (1). pp. 11-16. ISSN 1472-684X. (doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-11) (KAR id:30001)

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Abstract

Abstract (provisional)

Background

While most people faced with a terminal illness would prefer to die at home, less than a third in England are enabled to do so with many dying in National Health Service hospitals. Patients are more likely to die at home if their carers receive professional support. Hospice rapid response teams, which provide specialist palliative care at home on a 24/7 on-call basis, are proposed as an effective way to help terminally ill patients die in their preferred place, usually at home. However, the effectiveness of rapid response teams has not been rigorously evaluated in terms of patient, carer and cost outcomes.

Methods

The study is a pragmatic quasi-experimental controlled trial. The primary outcome for the quantitative evaluation for patients is dying in their preferred place of death. Carers' quality of life will be evaluated using postal questionnaires sent at patient intake to the hospice service and eight months later. Carers' perceptions of care received and the patient's death will be assessed in one to one interviews at 6 to 8 months post bereavement. Service utilisation costs including the rapid response intervention will be compared to those of usual care.

Discussion

The study will contribute to the development of the evidence base on outcomes for patients and carers and costs of hospice rapid response teams operating in the community.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/1472-684X-11-11
Uncontrolled keywords: Rapid response service, Hospice at home, Pragmatic trial, Preferred place of death, Palliative care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Coulton
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 12:43 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30001 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Butler, Claire: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9501-2861
Coulton, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7704-3274
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