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A Whole-Hospital Approach? Some Staff Views of a Hospital Bereavement Care Service

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A qualitative study was conducted to address staff's views of bereavement care in a large hospital setting. Two focus-groups and 1 interview were attended by 21 self-selected staff. The qualitative analysis yielded the following: (a) a staff training program within a structured bereavement care service may give staff a sense of confidence and pride in this aspect of their work; (b) a whole-hospital approach to bereavement care may offer an alternative model to individual clinical services; (c) the question is raised as to whether the presence of a bereavement co-ordinator helps contain staff anxiety and other painful emotions generated by contact with the dying and bereaved; and (d) the potential role of ancillary staff in bereavement care warrants more study.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 2: Dublin, Ireland 3: Social Work Department, Beaumont Hospital, Whitehall, Dublin, Ireland

Publication date: July 8, 2013

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