Supporting children and families facing death of a parent: part 2.

Kennedy, Catriona, McIntyre, Rosemary, Worth, Allison and Hogg, Rhona (2008) Supporting children and families facing death of a parent: part 2. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14 (5). pp. 230-237. ISSN 13576321


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The aim was to report on the views of children, parents and key stakeholders of a new bereavement support service for families where a parent is dying from cancer.

A qualitative pre- and post-intervention evaluation
design was used. Case study methods allowed multiple
perspectives to be accessed so broadening the scope of the

A purposeful sample of six families was recruited from the community palliative care service. Each case study comprised a family, a health professional and the family
support worker. Six key stakeholders also contributed data.

Data gathering included individual and family group
interviews, non-participant observation and interviews with
nominated health professionals, key stakeholders and the family support worker. Analysis of pre- and post-intervention data were supported by QSR NVivo.

Children and families with complex and/or enduring
needs benefited from the specialist expertise and interventions provided by this service.

Risk assessment procedures should be used to identify need and ensure limited resources are directed appropriately. Many children and families can be supported within
the community drawing on their own social networks.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 13576321
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bereavement; Grief; Children; Support required; Survey; Support services; Nursing; Risk Assessment;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610 Medicine & health
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Item ID: 2437
Depositing User: Users 10 not found.
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2008 11:27
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 09:22

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