Patient and carer preference for, and satisfaction with, specialist models of palliative care: a systematic literature review

Wilkinson, E.K.; Salisbury, C.; Bosanquet, N.; Franks, P.J.; Kite, S.; Lorentzon, M.; Naysmith, A.
May 1999
Palliative Medicine;1999, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p197
Academic Journal
This systematic literature review examined the impact of specialist models of palliative care on consumer satisfaction, opinion and preference over the past 20 years. From the literature search, 83 relevant papers were identified. Research findings from North America did not reveal any reliable or consistent trends, and this was due primarily to methodological flaws in the research. In the UK, consumers are more satisfied with all types of palliative care, whether provided by inpatient units or in the community, than with palliative care provided by general hospitals. Even though research findings consistently indicate that consumers appreciate the psychosocial climate in hospices, this research was based on small-scale local studies which were mainly focused on a single hospice. The dearth of high quality, comprehensive research was notable on the impact on consumer preference, opinion or satisfaction of hospice home care services, and other forms of palliative care in the community. It was concluded that further research is needed into consumer priorities for patients dying of noncancer diseases, and into the possible impact of patient characteristics on consumer satisfaction, opinion and preference for specialist models of palliative care.


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