The benefits of a palliative care network: a case study in Quebec, Canada

Morin, Diane; Saint-Laurent, Louise; Bresse, Marie-Pier; Dallaire, Clemence; Fillion, Lise
April 2007
International Journal of Palliative Nursing;Apr2007, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p190
Academic Journal
This article aims to present the beneficial effects associated with the local implementation of an integrated network in palliative care, as perceived by diverse constituency groups. A case study was conducted in the province of Quebec, Canada, using individual (n=16) and group (n=16) interviews, with a total of 106 participants (i.e. managers and formal and informal caregivers). From a content analysis, two categories of beneficial effects emerged: those associated with professional practice and those with patient services. The most important effects of this organisational initiative were found to be the recognition of the palliative care domain necessitating specialised competencies, an improved interdisciplinary collaboration, a more efficient circulation of information between care settings, as well as improved accessibility, continuity and quality of care and services to patients at the end of life.


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