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Vulnerability at the end of life: Australian veterans requiring home-based palliative care

O'Connor, Margaret, Brennan, Bronwyn, Bloomer, Melissa J. and Shimoinaba, Kaori 2014, Vulnerability at the end of life: Australian veterans requiring home-based palliative care, Home health care management & practice, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 134-140, doi: 10.1177/1084822313514978.

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Title Vulnerability at the end of life: Australian veterans requiring home-based palliative care
Author(s) O'Connor, Margaret
Brennan, Bronwyn
Bloomer, Melissa J.ORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa J.
Shimoinaba, Kaori
Journal name Home health care management & practice
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 134
End page 140
Total pages 6
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 1084-8223
Keyword(s) veteran
end of life (EOL)
home care
palliative care
posttraumatic stress disorder
mental health
Summary In Australia, veterans are a vulnerable group, because of ageing, and high rates of chronic or life-threatening illnesses and poor mental health .This retrospective pilot study explored the home-based palliative care needs of veterans as they face the end of their life, compared to non-veterans. Medical records of ten deceased veterans and ten non-veterans in a home-based palliative care service were analyzed both for demographic data, and qualitative content. Veterans had significantly more comorbidities and were older at death. Qualitative data indicated common concerns, including the role of families and practical aspects of care. Some differences were found between veterans and non-veterans in their end-of-life care requirements. More awareness of veterans’ status may assist in care more tailored to their specific needs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1084822313514978
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920211 Palliative Care
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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