Barriers and Facilitators to Providing Palliative Care in Rural Communities: A Nursing Perspective

S Kaasalainen, Kevin Brazil, A Williams, D Wilson, K Willison, D Marshall, A Taniguchi

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Abstract

Nursing plays a key role in the coordination and delivery of palliative care services in rural settings. The purpose of this study is to identify barriers and enablers to providing palliative care in rural communities from a nursing perspective. This study utilized a qualitative descriptive design. Findings highlighted that the remoteness, limited access to resources and professional practice barriers created challenges for nurses as they tried to provide quality palliative care to their clients. System-related barriers were identified and included: lack of services, funding issues, and poor continuity of care. Despite these barriers, nurses drew from supports to optimize palliative care such as using a team approach to care, centers, utilizing local case managers and informal community members, and using palliative care resources. These results may help inform policy decisions around the needs of nurses who practice in rural settings to provide quality care to individuals who are dying and their families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-19
JournalJournal of Rural and Community Development
Volume7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Kaasalainen, S., Brazil, K., Williams, A., Wilson, D., Willison, K., Marshall, D., & Taniguchi, A. (2012). Barriers and Facilitators to Providing Palliative Care in Rural Communities: A Nursing Perspective. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 7(4), 4-19.