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Patients’ and carers’ perspectives of palliative care in general practice: A systematic review with narrative synthesis

Overview of attention for article published in Palliative Medicine, January 2018
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Patients’ and carers’ perspectives of palliative care in general practice: A systematic review with narrative synthesis
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Palliative Medicine, January 2018
DOI 10.1177/0269216317748862
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Emilie Green, Selena Knight, Merryn Gott, Stephen Barclay, Patrick White


General practitioners have overall responsibility for community care, including towards end of life. Current policy places generalists at the centre of palliative care provision. However, little is known about how patients and carers understand the general practitioner's role. To explore patient and carer perspectives of (1) the role of the general practitioner in providing palliative care to adult patients and (2) the facilitators and barriers to the general practitioner's capacity to fulfil this perceived role. Systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Seven electronic databases (MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, BNI, CINAHL, Cochrane and HMIC) were searched from inception to May 2017. Two reviewers independently screened papers at title, abstract and full-text stages. Grey literature, guideline, hand searches of five journals and reference list/citation searches of included papers were undertaken. Data were extracted, tabulated and synthesised using narrative, thematic analysis. A total of 25 studies were included: 14 employed qualitative methods, 8 quantitative survey methods and 3 mixed-methods. Five key themes were identified: continuity of care, communication between primary and secondary care, contact and accessibility, communication between general practitioner and patient, and knowledge and competence. Although the terminology and context of general practice vary internationally, themes relating to the perceived role of general practitioners were consistent. General practitioners are considered well placed to provide palliative care due to their breadth of clinical responsibility, ongoing relationships with patients and families, and duty to visit patients at home and coordinate healthcare resources. These factors, valued by service users, should influence future practice and policy development.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 70 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 16 23%
Researcher 11 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 9%
Student > Bachelor 5 7%
Other 10 14%
Unknown 13 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 17 24%
Medicine and Dentistry 17 24%
Social Sciences 10 14%
Psychology 3 4%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 2 3%
Other 6 9%
Unknown 15 21%

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