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ISSN: 2471-9846

Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing
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Case Report

Generalist Palliative Care Delivered by Community Nurses

Deirdre Carroll1, Deirdre Shanagher2* and Marie Lynch3

1Community Intervention Team, Anam Cara Health Centre, St Canice’s Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, Ireland

2Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

3Irish Hospice Foundation, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Corresponding Author:
Deirdre Shanagher
Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation
Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: 0035316793188
Fax: 0035316730040
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.