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Title: Healthcare professionals' perceptions of psychosocial support for family members in palliative care inpatient units-A qualitative descriptive study
Authors: Soikkeli-Jalonen, Anu 
Mishina, Kaisa 
Virtanen, Heli 
Charalambous, Andreas 
Haavisto, Elina 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Keywords: Families;Hospital;Interprofessional healthcare;Palliative care;Qualitative
Issue Date: May-2022
Source: Nursing open, 2022, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 2697-3436
Volume: 10
Issue: 5
Start page: 2697
End page: 3436
Journal: Nursing open 
Abstract: Aim: This study aimed to describe the psychosocial support healthcare profession-als in specialist palliative inpatient units provide to family members of palliative care patients.Design: A qualitative descriptive design.Method: The data were collected with focus group interviews and analysed with in-ductive content analysis.Results: Altogether, 48 healthcare professionals, including physicians, registered nurses and practical nurses, participated in the study. Information sharing was recog-nised as an essential element of support. Methods to improve support of family mem-bers included an opportunity to allocate recourses to the families, systematic support and strengthening healthcare professionals' competence in family care.The healthcare professionals describe their perceptions of psychosocial support for family members primarily through patient care and the patient's situation rather than family needs. Direct support for the family members is realised principally by informa-tion sharing and conversations. Healthcare professionals express their opportunities to implement support focusing on family members' needs restricted by reason of or-ganisational resources.The information can be used when developing and improving family care in pallia-tive care context to recognise the most relevant needs from healthcare profession-als' perspective and also when implementing healthcare professionals' education and training
ISSN: 2054-1058
DOI: 10.1002/nop2.1548
Rights: Copyright © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Type: Article
Affiliation : Tampere University 
University of Turku 
Cyprus University of Technology 
Satakunta Central Hospital 
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