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    The Heart of Living and Dying: Upstreaming Advance Care Planning into Community Conversations in the Public Domain in Northern Ireland.


    McKenna, Deirdre and O'Shea, Johanna and Tanner, Liz (2020) The Heart of Living and Dying: Upstreaming Advance Care Planning into Community Conversations in the Public Domain in Northern Ireland. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 16 (4). pp. 346-363. ISSN 1552-4264

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    Abstract

    This paper provides an evaluation of the Heart of Living and Dying (HLD) Initiative. This initiative is a group process that attempts to bring Advance Care Planning (ACP) into the public domain. It encourages participants to consider what matters to them in their living along with their hopes, preferences, and wishes for their final years and end-of-life care. An inductive, interpretive, and naturalistic approach allowed the researcher to study these phenomena in their natural setting i.e., the community. This qualitative study used 5 focus groups with 17 people and employed thematic data analysis to identify key themes. All participants in the HLD speak from a personal perspective irrespective of any professional background. It transpired that 16 respondents worked in health and social care, which subsequently became noteworthy in the findings. Three key themes were identified: (a) feeling emotionally safe enough to have such sensitive conversations is vital; (b) participating in the HLD process increases the confidence of those participants who worked in health and social care, to undertake ACP conversations and (c) planning ahead is a complex, staged process rather than a single record-making event. The Covid-19 pandemic crisis reinforced the need to upstream ACP initiatives such as the HLD, as the norm for everyone, since all of us will one day die. It is recommended that the HLD be incorporated within ACP training given that the experiential nature of it and the use of groups was reported to build confidence in facilitating ACP conversations. A virtual HLD process needs to be developed to adapt to restrictions on gatherings due to Covid 19.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: : Deirdre Mc Kenna , Johanna O’Shea & Liz Tanner (2020) The Heart of Living and Dying: Upstreaming Advance Care Planning into Community Conversations in the Public Domain in Northern Ireland., Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 16:4, 346-363, DOI: 10.1080/15524256.2020.1858471
    Keywords: Advance care planning; community development; palliative care; public health approach;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 15484
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/15524256.2020.1858471
    Depositing User: Johanna O'Shea
    Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2022 15:35
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: No
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