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Bereavement needs assessment inspecialist palliative care: a review of the literature

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Agnew, Audrey, Manktelow, Roger and Jones, Louise (2009) Bereavement needs assessment inspecialist palliative care: a review of the literature. Palliative Medicine, 24 . pp. 46-59. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Bereavement needs assessment for specialist palliative care services has been highlighted as important by NICE guidanceon palliative care for adults with cancer. Identifying and implementing appropriate bereavement measurement tools hasremained a challenge. This paper identifies and reviews bereavement measurement tools to determine their suitability foruse within bereavement services and hospice settings. Cochrane, MEDLINE, PsycINFO and CINAHL, electronic databaseswere searched, yielding 486 papers. From fifty-nine full text papers appraised, 10 measurement tools were analysedin detail. Some tools had been tested on specific populations which limited transferability to specialist palliative caresettings; some lacked adequate theoretical links and were not effective in discriminating between normal and complicatedgrief reactions; and some lacked clear evidence of validity or reliability. Based on these criteria, conclusions are drawnabout the suitability of particular tools for UK bereavement services and hospice settings where intervention is deliveredby both trained professionals and volunteers.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:15977
Deposited By:Dr Roger Manktelow
Deposited On:19 Oct 2010 08:53
Last Modified:15 Feb 2011 20:58

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