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Distance education methods are useful for delivering education to palliative caregivers: A single-arm trial of an education package (PalliativE Caregivers Education Package)

Overview of attention for article published in Palliative Medicine, June 2017
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Title
Distance education methods are useful for delivering education to palliative caregivers: A single-arm trial of an education package (PalliativE Caregivers Education Package)
Published in
Palliative Medicine, June 2017
DOI 10.1177/0269216317712849
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Authors

Forbat, Liz, Robinson, Rowena, Bilton-Simek, Rachel, Francois, Karemah, Lewis, Marsha, Haraldsdottir, Erna, Liz Forbat, Rowena Robinson, Rachel Bilton-Simek, Karemah Francois, Marsha Lewis, Erna Haraldsdottir

Abstract

Face-to-face/group education for palliative caregivers is successful, but relies on caregivers travelling, being absent from the patient, and rigid timings. This presents inequities for those in rural locations. To design and test an innovative distance-learning educational package (PrECEPt: PalliativE Caregivers Education Package). Single-arm mixed-method feasibility proof-of-concept trial (ACTRN12616000601437). The primary outcome was carer self-efficacy, with secondary outcomes focused on caregiver preparedness and carer tasks/needs. Analysis focused on three outcome measures (taken at baseline and 6 weeks) and feasibility/acceptability qualitative data. A single specialist palliative care service. Eligible informal caregivers were those of patients registered with the outpatient or community service, where the patient had a prognosis of ⩾12 weeks, supporting someone with nutrition/hydration and/or pain management needs, proficient in English and no major mental health diagnosis. Two modules were developed and tested (nutrition/hydration and pain management) with 18 caregivers. The materials did not have a statistically significant impact on carer self-efficacy. However, statistically significant improvements were observed on the two subsidiary measures of (1) caregiving tasks, consequences and needs ( p = 0.03, confidence interval: 0.72, 9.4) and (2) caregiver preparedness ( p = 0.001, confidence interval: -1.22, -0.46). The study determined that distance learning is acceptable and feasible for both caregivers and healthcare professionals. Distance education improves caregiver preparedness and is a feasible and acceptable approach. A two-arm trial would determine whether the materials benefitted caregivers and patients compared to a control group not receiving the materials. Additional modules could be fruitfully developed and offered.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 9 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Postgraduate 3 33%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 22%
Student > Master 2 22%
Researcher 1 11%
Unspecified 1 11%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 3 33%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 33%
Social Sciences 2 22%
Unspecified 1 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 36. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 February 2018.
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#330,819
of 10,782,532 outputs
Outputs from Palliative Medicine
#153
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#17,115
of 265,482 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Palliative Medicine
#16
of 33 outputs
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