Generalist Palliative Care Delivered by Community Nurses
- Corresponding Author:
- Deirdre Shanagher
Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
E-mail: [email protected]
Received May 13, 2016; Accepted May 20, 2016; Published May 27, 2016
Citation: Carroll D, Shanagher D, Lynch M (2016) Generalist Palliative Care Delivered by Community Nurses. J Comm Pub Health Nurs 2:122. doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000122
Copyright: © 2016 Carroll D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Little is known about general nurses providing palliative care in the community. This case outlines the care delivered to a gentleman living at home with COPD by a Community Intervention Team (CIT) working in collaboration with allied health professionals.
Case presentation: The care of a gentleman who has expressed a wish to be cared for at home is outlined. His care is managed by a range of professionals to include the GP, public health nurse (PHN), pharmacist and CIT.
Outcome and follow up: The CIT deliver physical and psychological care, both of which are indicative of palliative care. The service supports GPs and PHNs and is demonstrated as being a key service that supports the delivery of palliative care in the community. The CIT work as a service to ensure that the gentleman and his family access both primary and specialist services in a co-ordinated and efficient manner.
Conclusion: General community nurses provide a palliative approach to care. This case displays that communication and collaboration among team members working in the community are key to the delivery of palliative care. More research is needed to clarify the role of general nurses delivering palliative care in the community.