Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hospice professionals report about end-of-life care for persons with schizophrenia
by Madrigal, Mary Grace, Ph.D., Saybrook University, 2009, 67; 3368985
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore and analyze the availability and quality of end-of-life care for persons with schizophrenia. The research design involves using a semistructured questionnaire to conduct 10 face-to-face interviews with end-of-life service providers. The research will have implications for increasing awareness in the end-of-life care system, improving service delivery with hopes of improving living and dying for people with a terminal illness and a secondary diagnosis of schizophrenia.

The past 10 years have seen an increase of awareness regarding provision of quality of care to the terminally ill and a greater emphasis on end-of-life care research. Despite the increase in new research and knowledge, some groups continue to be underserved and understudied, such as persons with serious mental health issues (Baker, 2005; Foti, 2003; McGrath & Jarrett, 2007). In addition, people with serious mental health issues have long been stigmatized and have had very poor access to medical care. In particular, people with schizophrenia are often misdiagnosed and many times receive suboptimal medical care (Brown, Inskip & Barraclough, 2000; Carney, Jones, & Woolson, 2006; Felker, Yazel, & Short, 1996).

The central topic to be explored by this study is the availability and quality of end-of-life care for persons with schizophrenia. Subtopics include: staff training, education, and ability to access effective care for psychiatric escalations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greening, Thomas
Commitee: Bersing, Doris, Bohart, Arthur
School: Saybrook University
Department: Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Death and dying, End-of-life care, Hospice, Mental illness, Psychosis, Schizophrenia
Publication Number: 3368985
ISBN: 978-1-109-30540-1
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