The Ligurian High-School Educational Project on Palliative Care: Development and Piloting of a School-Based Intervention on Bereavement and Severe Illness

Monica Beccaro, Giorgia Gollo, Monica Giordano, Jessica Igazzini, Valentina Servente, Stefano Vignali, Massimo Costantini, Silvia Di Leo

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Abstract

This study was aimed at developing and piloting a school-based intervention on severe illness-induced bereavement through a project focused on spreading knowledge of palliative care among high school students (phases 0-II Medical Research Council Framework). The intervention entailed the screening of a topic-related movie and a classroom meeting. Eight classes from 2 high schools participated, and a before–after evaluation was used to assess intervention feasibility and impact. Valid questionnaires, including 2 open-ended questions focusing on bereavement and strategies for coping with loss, were filled in by 89% (before) and 84% (after) of the 159 students. In the after evaluation, content analysis on the “strategies” question showed that answers concerning closeness and sharing were reported more frequently. Positive feedback was collected as regards the overall experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-764
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2014

Keywords

  • before–after evaluation
  • bereavement
  • inpatient hospice nurses
  • Medical Research Council Framework
  • palliative care
  • public education
  • school-based intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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