Research focus: end of life care for homeless people
Homeless people have a shortened life expectancy (Crisis 2012). This digest summarises three recent research studies relating to end of life care among the homeless population
The views and experiences of people who are homeless and those supporting them regarding conversations about and approaches to palliative care were explored in this study.
The study was conducted in three London boroughs with a range of participants, including 28 people experiencing homelessness, ten formerly homeless people, 48 health and social care providers, 30 hostel staff and 10 outreach staff. It involved 28 focus groups and ten semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed thematically.
Participants reported that conversations about future care and dying were rare. Four key themes emerged as challenges to these conversations:
- Attitudes to death.
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