Barriers and Facilitators of Palliative Care Communication in Aged Residential Care(ARC):a New Zealand Example
Objective:We aimed to examine barriers and facilitators of palliative care communication in aged residential care (ARC) during a pilot of the SHARE intervention.
Method:The SHARE intervention was implemented in two ARC facilities for 6 months. Eight post-intervention interviews were conducted with management and staff to assess the impact of SHARE in improving palliative care communication.
Results:The intervention so far can be described as being effective in improving communication, especially in relation to keeping notes well documented and alerting registered nurses and health care assistants to resident weight gain and loss. English as a second language for some staff members hampered communication with families.
Conclusion: Relationships between hospice and facility staff, and consequently facility staff and patients are seen as key to effective communication and to the success of SHARE.