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    Use of dependency and prioritization tools by clinical nurse specialists in palliative care: an exploratory study

    Bracken, Mairéad and McLoughlin, Kathleen and McGilloway, Sinéad and McMahon, Edith (2011) Use of dependency and prioritization tools by clinical nurse specialists in palliative care: an exploratory study. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 17 (12). pp. 599-606. ISSN 1357-6321

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    Aims: The principal aim was to assess the utility of three needs assessment/dependency tools for use in community-based palliative care services. Specific objectives were to assess a sample of patients receiving specialist palliative care community nursing using these tools, to assess the predictive ability of each tool, and to explore the utility of prioritizing and measuring patient dependency from a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) perspective. Method: In phase 1, 22 community-based CNSs completed the Vale prioritization tool for all patients visited during a 3-month period (n=162). They also completed either the Graves and Payne (2007) or the Birch et al (1997) dependency tool after each visit. In phase 2 a focus group (n=8) and two one-to-one interviews with CNS participants explored the perceived utility of all three tools. Results: The Vale prioritization tool appeared to be the most useful for prioritizing patient need and managing workload. Statistical analysis highlighted minimal differences between the two dependency tools, neither of which predicted length of visit. Three themes were identified from phase 2: difficulties with routine administration, points of divergence between the two dependency tools, and workload concerns. Conclusion: While the Vale prioritization tool emerged as the most useful, the findings raise questions about the overall utility and practical application of these kinds of tools with community-based palliative care patients. Further research is needed to identify/develop, adapt, and evaluate appropriate, setting-specific dependency tools for use with this population.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Dependency; Prioritization; Tools; Clinical nurse; specialists; Workload; Palliative care;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 6213
    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 16:07
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
    Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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