Development of empirical recommendations for regional hospice and palliative care networks in Germany: A qualitative study

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Herbst FA, Heckel M, Stiel S, Ostgathe C
Journal: Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen
Publication year: 2018
ISSN: 1865-9217


Abstract

BACKGROUND: Internationally, efforts are underway to develop coordinated and standardized approaches for palliative care service delivery by improving service quality in hospice and palliative care networks. German legal regulations explicitly demand networking between hospice and palliative care providers. However, there is little research on models of cooperation and the building and development of hospice and palliative care networks. Research-based recommendations for network building and advancement are lacking.
OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to develop empirical recommendations for the building of new and advancement of existing hospice and palliative care networks in Bavaria, Germany.
METHODS: The project utilized a qualitative approach. The research project was structured in six sequential phases: 1) semi-structured individual interviews on status quo of networks, 2) a workshop including a focus group to develop definitions of key terms and prioritize major network themes, 3) semi-structured face-to-face interviews on factors enabling and inhibiting cooperation, 4) drafting of a recommendation for regional hospice and palliative care networks, 5) an online consensus survey questionnaire to rate relevance and feasibility of the draft recommendation and an internal consensus meeting to revise the draft, and 6) an expert workshop to develop examples of realization. Coordinators and chairpersons of 12 hospice and palliative care networks constitute the study population for study phases 1 to 3, 5, and 6. Network representatives partook in one (n=6), two (n=6), three (n=4), four (n=2), or all five (n=1) of the study phases 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. Further experts participated in one (n=10) or both (n=1) of the phases 5 and 6.
RESULTS: Recommendations were drafted for six thematic fields: (i) missions and aims, (ii) roles and responsibilities, (iii) coordination, (iv) communication and information channels, (v) public visibility, and (vi) funding. The whole set of recommendations was rated by 90% of the participants to be fully or somewhat important for network building and development. A total of 22 recommendations was approved.
CONCLUSIONS: The call for establishing and developing standards for hospice and palliative care networks was situated within the current policy climate of Germany and the broader international community. The present recommendations can aid implementation of this request and have a strong relevance for practice.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Heckel, Maria Dr. phil.
Abteilung für Palliativmedizin
Ostgathe, Christoph Prof. Dr.
Abteilung für Palliativmedizin


External institutions with authors

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH) / Hannover Medical School


How to cite

APA:
Herbst, F.A., Heckel, M., Stiel, S., & Ostgathe, C. (2018). Development of empirical recommendations for regional hospice and palliative care networks in Germany: A qualitative study. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.zefq.2018.11.007

MLA:
Herbst, Franziska A., et al. "Development of empirical recommendations for regional hospice and palliative care networks in Germany: A qualitative study." Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen (2018).

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