|Title:||Bereavement Support Study|
|Project Description:||This study explores bereavement support (BS) provision in Primary Care and the services available from the bereaved person’s perspective. Interventions such as the those provided by Addenbrooke’s Bereavement Care Service, for example acknowledging grief, offering information, practical advice and the opportunity to discuss the death, are well-received. We will investigate whether these methods can be applied to Primary Care, where there is a scarcity of evidence-based BS guidance.
We will assess the experiences of, and preferences for, BS in Primary Care in a community sample. The study is a pilot mixed-methods longitudinal study with a novel recruitment approach: Registrars of Deaths in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will invite those registering a death to join the study. Six weeks and six months post-bereavement, participants will be sent questionnaires concerning factors that might influence BS interventions and BS preferences. Both will be rated in terms of provision, utilization and personal significance. Qualitative in-depth interviews will be conducted with a sub-sample of participants.
This pilot study will inform an application to the NIHR School for Primary Care Research for a multicentre study to provide national data on BS in Primary Care, from which evidence-based guidelines for BS will be developed.
|Start date:||1st June 2016|
|End date:||31st May 2017|
|Contact person:||Dr Pia Thiemann|
|Contact Details:||Primary Care Unit
Institute of Public Health
University Forvie Site, Robinson Way
Fax: 01223 762515
|Collaborative:||Dr Stephen Barclay
Dr Brooke Swash
Rev. Dr Derek Fraser
|Funding Organisation:||ACT (Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust)|
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