The purpose of this study was to explore staff perceptions and concerns about the use of palliative care services in the nursing home setting. Six administrators from nursing homes were purposively selected for key informant interviews. Four common themes emerged, including issues related to the culture of care, the model of care, the relationships with hospice partners, and the role of staff. Recognition of staff perceptions is an important first step in improving the utilization of palliative care services. Staff insight provided clarification related to impediments in promoting a culture of care that was person-centered and relationship-based. We conclude by identifying the solutions for raising the level of dialogue to promote palliative care practice in the nursing home environment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing