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Exploring the attitudes, beliefs, and values of the long-term care workforce towards palliative care: A qualitative evidence synthesis protocol
Background and Aim: The long-term care workforce is a significant provider of palliative care. The majority of older people being admitted to long-term care have palliative care needs and many are approaching end of life. The long-term care workforce comprises both registered health care professionals and unlicensed health care workers (UHCW) who provide most direct care. Studies that have examined palliative care competence in long-term care have focused on staff knowledge. However, it is also important to understand staff attitudes, beliefs, and values towards palliative care because these attributes influence behaviours related to care provision. The aim of the qualitative evidence synthesis is to identify and appraise the best available qualitative evidence on the attitudes, beliefs, and values of the long-term care workforce towards palliative care.
Inclusion criteria: The review will consider original research that reports qualitative findings of long-term care staff and their attitudes, beliefs, and values regarding palliative care for residents of long-term care facilities.
Methods: The following databases will be searched for eligible papers: CINAHL, EMBASE, PubMed, PsychINFO, and Scopus. Studies that meet the inclusion criteria by addressing all of the phenomena of interest will be reviewed using the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) methodology for systematic reviews of qualitative evidence. Two reviewers will independently assess the studies for methodological quality. The data will be extracted using the standardized JBI SUMARI extraction tool. Specific details about authors and publication date, study design, aims, context, population, cultural and linguistic background, location, main findings, limitations, and conclusions will be extracted and a level of credibility assigned. Categories will be developed from the findings. The findings will be presented diagrammatically and accompanied by a narrative to explain categories and synthesised findings.
Discussion: The review of the literature will synthesis key findings pertaining to the attitudes, beliefs, and values of the workforce providing palliative care to older people in long-term care, beyond what is known about palliative care knowledge in this workforce.
Publication titleProgress in Palliative Care
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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