SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

The Effectiveness of Appropriate Timing and Type of Palliative Care for Terminal Oncology Patients

Presenter Information

Lyndsey GriefFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Marcia Hobbs; Mrs. Jennifer Coleman

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Palliative care is perhaps one of the most misunderstood forms of care, likely due to misconceptions and negative stigmatisms. Due to these factors, referrals to palliative services may be overlooked by nurses and physicians. Continuous screening of all patients for palliative care needs is vital to ensure patients maintain a high quality of life. To determine the effectiveness of appropriate timing and type of palliative care for terminal oncology patients several studies were analyzed and critically appraised for the findings. The types of articles appraised include experimental-randomized control trial, meta-analysis, quasi-experimental, and qualitative. A review of literature suggests that patients may be referred for palliative care services late, if ever, due to perceptions of palliative care being negative and the inconvenience of screening tools. It is imperative that palliative screening tools become more convenient for health care professionals to improve patient satisfaction and quality of life. Nurses also have the responsibility to educate the public of the meaning of palliative care and what it entails.

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The Effectiveness of Appropriate Timing and Type of Palliative Care for Terminal Oncology Patients

Palliative care is perhaps one of the most misunderstood forms of care, likely due to misconceptions and negative stigmatisms. Due to these factors, referrals to palliative services may be overlooked by nurses and physicians. Continuous screening of all patients for palliative care needs is vital to ensure patients maintain a high quality of life. To determine the effectiveness of appropriate timing and type of palliative care for terminal oncology patients several studies were analyzed and critically appraised for the findings. The types of articles appraised include experimental-randomized control trial, meta-analysis, quasi-experimental, and qualitative. A review of literature suggests that patients may be referred for palliative care services late, if ever, due to perceptions of palliative care being negative and the inconvenience of screening tools. It is imperative that palliative screening tools become more convenient for health care professionals to improve patient satisfaction and quality of life. Nurses also have the responsibility to educate the public of the meaning of palliative care and what it entails.