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Study: Nurse palliative care improved through pathway

Nurse confidence in delivering end-of-life care can be improved through a practice-based educational pathway, researchers have found. 

Researchers published in the journal Primary Health Care assigned a mentor from a specialist palliative care team to community and district nurses. 

Nurses taking part in the study created their own development plan, including informal and formal education after a training needs analysis. 

The researchers found that participants had improved confidence in their communication skills and symptom management. 

The study authors wrote: “Such practice-based education may offer a powerful and convenient approach to end-of-life-care education for community staff.”

The biggest concern raised by the nurses was over communication, however after the study they reported their concerns were “eased”. 

The full study is available to view [paywalled] on the Primary Health Care website