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Living, loving, dying: Insights into rural compassion


Marsh, P and Thompson, Stephanie and Mond, J, Living, loving, dying: Insights into rural compassion, Australian Journal of Rural Health pp. 1-8. ISSN 1038-5282 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12530


Objective: To improve understandings of the enablers and barriers to maintaining good quality of life for people dying, caring and grieving in rural areas.

Design and setting: In‐depth interviews designed on participatory research principles were held with bereaved carers living in a small community in rural Tasmania. Participants had cared for someone until their death within the 3‐year period prior.

Participants: Nineteen participants comprising 18 bereaved former carers and one person with a life‐limiting illness, and all but four were over retirement age.

Study aim: To explore experiences of end‐of‐life care in a rural community.

Results: Participants discussed the challenges they experienced during end‐of‐life caring, including transport into the city for treatment, and access to basic and specialised services. However, they also reported positive aspects of formal and informal palliative care, and described experiences of personable, expert, flexible and innovative caregiving.

Conclusions: The rural location enabled personalised and innovative expressions of care. This research adds new insight into rural end‐of‐life palliation, as a complex intersection of supererogation, innovation and place‐driven care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bereavement, compassion, end‐of‐life care, health promoting palliative care, palliative care, end-of-life; grief, community, rural health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
UTAS Author:Thompson, Stephanie (Dr Stephanie Thompson)
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:133454
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2019-06-27
Last Modified:2021-01-04
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