Staff stakeholder views on the role of UK paramedics in advance care planning for patients in their last year of life
Goodwin, Laura; Proctor, Alyesha; Kirby, Kim; Black, Sarah; Pocock, Lucy; Richardson, Sally; Stonehouse, Joanne; Taylor, Hazel; Voss, Sarah; Benger, Jonathan
Alyesha Proctor Alyesha.Proctor@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science
Sarah Voss Sarah.Voss@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Emergency and Critical Care
Background: Early advance care planning has clear benefits for patients approaching the end of their life, yet many of those attended by UK paramedics do not have this planning in place.
Aims: To explore staff stakeholder views on the role of UK paramedics in advance care planning, including the use of the Gold Standards Framework Proactive Identification Guidance for screening and referral of patients.
Methods: In-depth semi-structured telephone interviews with paramedics, general practitioners, Emergency Department and community doctors and nurses in the South West of England.
Results: Seventeen staff stakeholders participated. Four main themes were identified: a lack of advance care planning; variation across health conditions; a lack of joined-up care; poor-quality end of life conversations. Paramedic use of the Gold Standards Framework Proactive Identification Guidance to screen and refer patients for advance care planning was seen as feasible and acceptable, with perceived benefits such as identifying patients not accessing primary care, and the potential to reduce avoidable hospital admissions.
Conclusions: UK paramedics are well-placed to screen and refer patients for advance care planning. Further research is needed to explore how this type of intervention might be developed to fit into a community-centred approach aimed at improving advance care planning.
Goodwin, L., Proctor, A., Kirby, K., Black, S., Pocock, L., Richardson, S., …Benger, J. (2021). Staff stakeholder views on the role of UK paramedics in advance care planning for patients in their last year of life. Progress in Palliative Care, 29(2), 76-83. https://doi.org/10.1080/09699260.2021.1872140
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 3, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 24, 2021|
|Publication Date||Jan 24, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Jan 27, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||May 18, 2021|
|Journal||Progress in Palliative Care|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||General Nursing; General Medicine; Palliative care; End of life; Paramedics; Emergency medical technicians; Advance care planning; Terminal care|
|Additional Information||Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=yppc20; Published: 2021-01-24|
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