End of life care for long-term neurological conditions: A meta-ethnographic review of the experiences of informal carers

Toze, Michael, Ray, Mo, George, Thomas , Nelson, David and Sisson, Kelly (2020) End of life care for long-term neurological conditions: A meta-ethnographic review of the experiences of informal carers. Palliative Medicine . ISSN 0269-2163

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End of life care for long-term neurological conditions: A meta-ethnographic review of the experiences of informal carers
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Abstract

Background: Family and friends are key providers of care for people living with a long-term neurological condition. Neurological conditions are a significant global contributor to disability and premature death. However, previous research suggests carers often struggle to access appropriate support at end of life.
Aims: This review sought to synthesise qualitative studies discussing end-of-life and palliative issues for informal carers supporting people living with neurological conditions.
Design: This was a meta-ethnographic synthesis of 38 qualitative studies discussing end-of-life and palliative issues for informal carers supporting people living with long-term neurological conditions.
Data Sources: Qualitative articles published after January 2010 in English, addressing carers of people with long-term neurological conditions with regard to palliative care, end of life and/or bereavement. Papers were excluded if it was not possible to separately assess the views of carers. Quality appraisal was not undertaken, but consideration was given to research context.
Results. Across the papers, five key themes were identified: the future (un)certainties in the progression of life-limiting neurological conditions; an information paradox of not receiving the right information at the right time; access to support; carers’ roles in decision making around end of life; and maintaining continuity while facing change and disruption in day-to-day living.
Conclusions: Given the broad agreement on the challenges faced by carers of people living with long-term neurological conditions, future research should consider opportunities to improve information and support for this group, and the development and evaluation of practical models of service delivery.

Keywords:neurological, palliative, end of life, carers, family
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B701 Palliative Care Nursing
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:42925
Deposited On:10 Nov 2020 12:48

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