Training and supportive programs for palliative care volunteers in community settings

Dell Horey, Annette F Street, Margaret O'Connor, Louise Peters, Susan F Lee
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, July 2015, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/14651858.cd009500.pub2

What is it about?

This Cochrane systematic review sought to assess the impact of training and support strategies directed at palliative care volunteers on outcomes for palliative care clients and their families, the volunteers themselves and on service quality.

Why is it important?

Volunteers are widely used in palliative care services in the community, yet despite the associated investment needed to train and support them there is an absence of good evidence to inform the preparation of volunteers to ensure good outcomes for palliative care patients and their families, or the palliative care volunteers. The lack of studies is important given the increasing role of volunteers in community palliative care across the world.

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