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Expert Perspectives on the Additional Benefit of Day Hospices and Palliative Day Care Clinics in Germany: A Qualitative Approach

  • Background: In Germany, hospice and palliative care is well covered through inpatient, outpatient, and home-based care services. It is unknown if, and to what extent, there is a need for additional day care services to meet the specific needs of patients and caregivers. Methods: Two day hospices and two palliative day care clinics were selected. In the first step, two managers from each facility (n = 8) were interviewed by telephone, using a semi-structured interview guide. In the second step, four focus groups were conducted, each with three to seven representatives of hospice and palliative care from the facilities’ hospice and palliative care networks. Interviews and focus groups were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The interviewed experts perceived day care services as providing additional patient and caregiver benefits. Specifically, the services were perceived to meet patient needs for social interaction and bundled treatments, especially for patients who did not fit into inpatient settings (due to, e.g., their young age or a lack of desire for inpatient admission). The services were also perceived to meet caregiver needs for support, providing short-term relief for the home care situation. Conclusions: The results suggest that inpatient, outpatient, and home-based hospice and palliative care services do not meet the palliative care needs of all patients. Although the population that is most likely to benefit from day care services is assumed to be relatively small, such services may meet the needs of certain patient groups more effectively than other forms of care.

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Author:Beate ApolinarskiORCiD, Carolin HuperzORCiD, Hanna A. A. Röwer, Nils Schneider, Stephanie StielORCiD, Franziska A. HerbstORCiD
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091231168574
Parent Title (English):American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2023
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2024/01/04
Tag:caregiver burden; day care services; day hospital; focus groups; hospice care; hospice day care; medical day care; palliative care
GND Keyword:Tagesklinik; Palliativpflege; Sterbeklinik
First Page:167
Last Page:172
Link to catalogue:1887284028
Institutes:Sonstige Einrichtungen
DDC classes:610 Medizin, Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International