Healthcare professionals’ experiences of the barriers and facilitators to paediatric pain management in the community at end-of-life: A qualitative interview study: At-home paediatric palliative pain management

Katie Greenfield, BERNIE CARTER, Emily Harrop, Sabtir Jassal, Julie Bayliss, Kate Renton, Simon Holland, Richard Howard, Margaret Johnson, Christina Liossi

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Abstract

Contexts: Inadequate pain management in community paediatric palliative care is common. Evidence to inform improved pain management in this population is limited.
Objectives: To explore the barriers and facilitators to paediatric community-based pain management for infants, children and young people at end-of-life as perceived by healthcare professionals.
Methods: A qualitative interview study was conducted. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 29 healthcare professionals; 12 nurses, five GPs, five consultants and registrar doctors, two pharmacists and five support therapists working in primary, secondary or tertiary care in the United Kingdom and involved in community end-of life care of 0-18-year-olds.
Results: The data corpus was analysed using an inductive thematic analysis and seven themes emerged: parents’ abilities, beliefs and wellbeing; working relationships between families and healthcare professionals, and between healthcare teams; healthcare professionals’ knowledge, education and experience; health services delivery; nature of pain treatment; and paediatric-specific factors. Across themes, the concepts of partnership working between families and healthcare professionals, and within healthcare teams, and sharing expertise were prevalent.
Conclusion: Partnership working and trust between healthcare professionals and parents, and within healthcare teams, is needed for effective at-home paediatric palliative pain management. Community healthcare professionals require more education from experienced multidisciplinary teams to effectively manage paediatric pain at end-of-life and prevent emergency hospice or hospital admissions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • paediatrics
  • pain management
  • parents
  • qualitative research

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