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    The nature and use of bereavement support services in a hospice setting

    Roberts, Amanda and McGilloway, Sinéad (2008) The nature and use of bereavement support services in a hospice setting. Palliative Medicine, 22 (5). pp. 612-625. ISSN 0269-2163

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    This study formed part of a larger project designed to evaluate a hospice-based bereavement support service in Ireland. It involved a detailed assessment of the views of service attenders and non-attenders. A postal survey was administered to all bereaved clients who were invited to one or more bereavement support services (n = 517). Respondents (n = 243; 47%) completed: 1) a Bereavement Services Questionnaire; 2) a measure of grief reaction (TRIG) and 3) a measure of religiosity (SCSORF). A total of 243 people (47%) returned completed questionnaires, most of whom were satisfied with the service, (although not all had attended all elements of the bereavement service). However, a number of improvements were emphasised. Several statistically significant differences (P < 0.05) also emerged between service attenders and non-attenders with respect to grief reaction and other key factors (e.g., the age and relationship to the deceased). The findings emphasise the needs and views of both attenders and non-attenders and provide important lessons for the implementation and development of hospice-based bereavement support services.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: bereavement services; hospice care; non-attenders; palliative care; service-users;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 9290
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 15:39
    Journal or Publication Title: Palliative Medicine
    Publisher: Sage
    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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