Identifying and responding to health care professional barriers and facilitators to meeting the needs of patients with advanced COPD and their informal carers

Farquhar, Morag, Moore, Caroline, Gardener, Carole A., Holt Butcher, Hanne, Ewing, Gail, White, Patrick, Booth, Sara, Howson, Sophie, Mahadeva, Ravi, Burge, Peter, Ling, Tom and , Living with Breathlessness Study Team (2016) Identifying and responding to health care professional barriers and facilitators to meeting the needs of patients with advanced COPD and their informal carers. In: 9th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, 2016-06-09 - 2016-06-11, Dublin.

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Abstract

Background: Management of advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should relieve symptoms, optimise daily functioning and reduce carer burden. Health care professional (HCP) barriers and facilitators to meeting patient and carer needs exist but our understanding of them is limited, and we don’t know stakeholder views of actionable responses to them. Aim: To identify barriers and facilitators to HCPs’ ability to meet patient and carer needs in advanced COPD, and stakeholder views of actionable responses to them. Method: HCPs were nominated by a population-based cohort of patients participating in the multiple-perspective mixed-method Living with Breathlessness Study. We purposively sampled 45 HCPs for topic-guided interviews: medical and nursing specialists and generalists from primary and secondary care. Verbatim transcripts analysed with framework approach. National stakeholder workshop (October 2015) will review actionable responses. Results: Barriers and facilitators to meeting needs exist at operational, professional and patient levels, varying by professional group and setting. Barriers included: the drive of organisational and medical agenda, focus on prognostication and patient categorisation, time constraints, lack of confidence and skills in psychological support and end of life conversations, lack of patient support needs assessment, lack of referable services, service location, managing expectations (commissioners and patients), and non-compliance. Facilitators included: longevity of patient-HCP relationships, listening skills, accessibility and patient expertise. Some HCPs described the facilitative effect of the study interviews for reflection on their clinical practice. Stakeholder views of actionable-responses will be reported. Conclusion: Actioning stakeholder-endorsed responses to HCP barriers and facilitators to meeting needs could improve care and support of patients and carers living with advanced COPD.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 23:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61183
DOI: 10.1177/0269216316646056

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