Personal commitment: Quilting as a metaphor for palliative care teams in the nursing home setting

Nancy A. Hodgson

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Abstract

Palliative care teams in nursing homes are typically composed of individuals from different disciplines and sociocultural backgrounds. Yet little is known about the influence of different attitudes, beliefs, values, and expectations regarding end-of-life care on the successful development of a palliative care program. An ethnographic study was conducted during the development and implementation of a palliative care program in a 324-bed nursing home. This article describes and explores three themes that emerged from the data: (1) the experience of interdisciplinary team building, (2) the concept of personal commitment, and (3) the importance of allowing time for team members to experience the group process. These themes are illustrated using quilting as a metaphor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-232
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Nursing home
  • Palliative
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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