'Less ticking the boxes, more providing support'

A qualitative study on health professionals' concerns towards the Liverpool Care of the Dying Pathway

Silvia Di Leo, Vittoria Romoli, Irene J. Higginson, Francesco Bulli, Susanna Fantini, Erica Sguazzotti, Massimo Costantini

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Abstract

Background: Despite being widely used, research into the effectiveness of the Liverpool Care of the Dying Pathway (LCP) and associated cases of malpractice does not match dissemination. No study exists focusing on concerns voiced by professionals. Aim: To explore the views of professionals who, during the hospital implementation of the Italian version of the Liverpool Care of the Dying Pathway (LCP-I), voiced or showed concerns towards it. Design: A qualitative study nested within the LCP-I randomized cluster trial, with semi-structured interviews analysed using thematic analysis. Setting and participants: Six nurses and five physicians from six out of the eight hospital wards who completed the LCP-I implementation were interviewed. Eligibility criteria were having taken part in all steps of the LCP-I Programme, voiced or somehow shown concerns, or failed to fully engage with the implementation process. Results: A total of 12 categories were identified, referring to four topics: the Implementation Programme, the LCP-I clinical documentation, the hospital environment and the educational and professional background of hospital healthcare staff. Issues raised by participants concerned both real characteristics of the LCP-I and a misinterpretation of the LCP-I approach and clinical documentation. Furthermore, difficulties were reported which were not linked to the Programme but rather to end-of-life care. Conclusion: This study provides insights into the experience of professionals with negative opinions of or concerns with the LCP-I. A more comprehensive approach to professional training in palliative care is needed and may envisage the development of new interventions aimed at improving the quality of care throughout the illness trajectory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-537
Number of pages9
JournalPalliative Medicine
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 5 2015

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Keywords

  • End-of-life care
  • interviews
  • LCP
  • qualitative research
  • thematic analysis
  • ward professionals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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'Less ticking the boxes, more providing support' : A qualitative study on health professionals' concerns towards the Liverpool Care of the Dying Pathway. / Di Leo, Silvia; Romoli, Vittoria; Higginson, Irene J.; Bulli, Francesco; Fantini, Susanna; Sguazzotti, Erica; Costantini, Massimo.

In: Palliative Medicine, Vol. 29, No. 6, 05.06.2015, p. 529-537.

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Di Leo, Silvia ; Romoli, Vittoria ; Higginson, Irene J. ; Bulli, Francesco ; Fantini, Susanna ; Sguazzotti, Erica ; Costantini, Massimo. / 'Less ticking the boxes, more providing support' : A qualitative study on health professionals' concerns towards the Liverpool Care of the Dying Pathway. In: Palliative Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 29, No. 6. pp. 529-537.
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