Assessing the need for and potential role of a day hospice: a qualitative study

L H Lohfeld, A.S. Tschopp, A.W. Trevor, K Brazil, P. Krueger

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We conducted a qualitative case study as part of a needs assessment for a day hospice in a small Ontario city. Data were gathered from semi-structured interviews with 28 stakeholders: nine health care administrators, 11 health care providers, and eight lay people (terminally ill adults and informal caregivers). Respondents described support, counselling, social activities, and respite as key day hospice services. They also described several barriers to accessing services, including location, transportation, admission criteria, referrals, and fees. For most respondents, the ideal staff mix includes both volunteers and paid professionals in either a free-standing organization or institutionally linked hospice. Although the vast majority of participants were reluctant to impose admission criteria or other limitations on hospice clientele, they expressed the need to ensure equitable access to this scarce resource. Opinions varied greatly across stakeholder groups, highlighting the need to collect information from all relevant stakeholder groups when planning hospices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Palliative Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Day Care, Medical
  • Hospice Care
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Needs Assessment
  • Ontario
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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