Exploring the district nurse role in facilitating individualised advance care planning

Boot, Michelle (2016) Exploring the district nurse role in facilitating individualised advance care planning. British Journal of Community Nursing, 21 (3). pp. 144-147. ISSN 1462-4753

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Abstract

Health-care policy recognises the importance of engaging people in making decisions related to the management of their health. Advance care planning (ACP) offers a framework for decision making on end-of-life care. There are positive indicators that ACP enables health professionals to meet people’s preferences. However, there are reports of insensitive attempts to engage people in end-of-life care decision making. District nurses are in the ideal position to facilitate ACP, as they have the opportunity to build relationships with the people they are caring for—an antecedent to sensitive ACP—and in recognising and fulfilling this role, they could ameliorate the risk of insensitive ACP. Distric nurse leaders also have a role to play in ensuring that organisational and environmental factors support appropriate ACP facilitation including: training, fostering a team culture that empowers district nurses to recognise and meet their ACP role, and advocating for appropriate ACP evaluation outcome measures.

Item Type: Article
Members: Bucks New University
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2016 11:13
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 10:57
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/9355

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