Kelly Kilgour, a founding member of the NPCREU and current doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education, has just published a paper in the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing about the experiences of family caregivers transitioning a patient from home to a palliative care unit.
Kilgour, K.N., Bourbonnais, F.F., & McPherson, C.J. (2015). Experiences of Family Caregivers Making the Transition From Home to the Palliative Care Unit: Weighing the 2 Sides. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 17, 404-412. doi: 10.1097/NJH.000000000000017
From the abstract:
“The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine family caregivers’ lived experiences of transitioning a patient from home to a palliative care unit. Ten in-depth interviews were analyzed using Colaizzi’s approach. […] The findings reflected family caregivers’ recent experiences in the home, during the transition, and on the palliative care unit. […] In the home, participants felt honored to provide care but also encountered difficulties, such as accessing resources. Being on the palliative care unit, the provision of care from knowledgeable health care professionals was a relief. However, participants felt like a “guest” because there was little control over the environment. This study raises awareness for health care professionals and family caregivers regarding the process and challenges of providing end-of-life care to patients over the illness trajectory.