A Qualitative Evaluation of the Provision of Bereavement Care Accessed by Service Users Living in a Health and Social Care Trust Area in Northern Ireland

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    Abstract

    Within the health and social care sector in the United Kingdom, the
    management of death and bereavement has become increasingly
    challenging. This service evaluation sought to explore the bereavement
    care offered to individuals living in one Health and Social Care
    Trust catchment area of Northern Ireland. Qualitative interviews
    were conducted with key government and voluntary agency staff.
    The findings indicated that much of the bereavement provision is
    based on the interest and initiative of individual staff members, with
    few processes to assess the level of bereavement care needed and those
    best skilled to provide it. Recommendations are made for a bereavement
    care strategy that outlines a bereavement needs assessment process,
    identifying the scope of interventions and protocols for practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-181
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of social work in end of life and palliative care
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

    Keywords

    • bereavement
    • counselling
    • social work

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Life-span and Life-course Studies
    • Health(social science)

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