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End of life care: The psychological impact on community support workers

Kallis, Zeon Christopher

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Zeon Christopher Kallis Zeon2.Kallis@live.uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

Research studies with nurses and health care staff in residential settings have demonstrated a range of adverse psychological symptoms and protective factors when delivering end of life care. Little research has been undertaken with community support workers and none with those working with mixed caseloads.

The current study aims to gain an understanding of the lived experience of delivering end of life care in the community, the psychological impact on support workers, and the effect of patient death.

Five community support workers working with mixed caseloads of health, social, and end of life care clients undertook semi-structured interviews. Data was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Overarching themes relating to the “Bonds” they formed, working in the “Terminal Space”, grieving “After a Death”, and “Caring for the carer” emerged.

Support workers formed attachment bonds with some clients, experienced disenfranchised grief, and lacked systems of support. Some experienced post-traumatic growth while others were left traumatized. Support workers would benefit from a working environment in which they can express grief within a supportive team and create a meaningful context within which to place their grief.

Thesis Type Thesis
APA6 Citation Kallis, Z. C. End of life care: The psychological impact on community support workers. (Thesis). University of the West of England. Retrieved from https://uwe-repository....ribe.com/output/1490977

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