Monday, March 29, 2010

Nursing and Palliative Care - Communication Challenges

The American Journal of Nursing has recently published a column by Carrie Bennett, MS, CNS-BC on her experience with her mother-in-law's palliative care. She shares about the family's failure to understand the differences between "survival" and "recovery." Bennett writes about how often she has seen families caught up in the language that health providers use and how difficult it is to bring in a palliative care consultant when the family is not yet ready. As a clinical nurse specialist in geriatrics and palliative care, she was able to use her professional experience as a way to open the conversation with her husband's family.

Indeed, palliative care is a very sensitive and very challenging area to research. Very little is known about the relationships between quality palliative nursing care delivered in intensive care units (ICUs) and patient and family outcomes and on how to measure and to improve these outcomes. In their INQRI project, "Nursing's Specific Contributions to Quality Palliative Care within the Context of Interdisciplinary Intensive Care Practice," Drs. Lissi Hansen and Richard Mularski are examining nursing's specific contributions to quality palliative care provided to patients and their families in the ICU. The team began their work last October and plans to present their findings in September 2011.

Click here to read Carrie Bennett's column.

No comments:

Post a Comment