Community palliative care in Switzerland: from assessment to action

Steffen Eychmüller and Franzisca Domeisen Benedetti

in Participatory Research in Palliative Care

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644155
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749094 | DOI:
Community palliative care in Switzerland: from assessment to action

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This chapter presents an account of a regional initiative undertaken in north eastern Switzerland to develop community-based palliative care. The Kerala (India) Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care (KNNPC) was identified as an excellent example of a model of community palliative care that effectively addresses some of the difficulties experienced by people who wish to die at home, and their primary carers. A participatory community development project was initiated and divided into three steps: 1. Initial evaluation of status; 2. Initiation of community round tables (a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views); and 3. Formulation of recommendations and concrete action plans. This project outlines a participatory action research project that brought together professionals, volunteers and community leaders to develop a community palliative care programme across three areas in north eastern Switzerland.

Keywords: community palliative care; Kerala Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care; volunteers; network analysis; recommendations; action plan

Chapter.  4623 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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