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The nature and benefits of team-based reflection on a patient death by healthcare professionals: A scoping review

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posted on 15.03.2019, 09:59 by E Anderson, J Sandars, D Kinnair
This scoping literature review was completed to understand the nature and benefits of team-based reflection on a patient death by healthcare professionals. The review was limited to publications in English between 2006 and 2016 that were identified in the Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, EMBASE and Web of Science databases. We identified 1450 articles and 19 studies were relevant for inclusion in this review. The published literature is mainly descriptive with no comparative studies. The process of team-based reflection on a patient death by healthcare professionals, using a variety of techniques, can lead to improved emotional well-being and learning for quality improvement. However, there is little evidence for the impact on the care of the family and for future patient care. The need for a structured process for the reflection, with facilitation in a supportive healthcare context, appears to be essential for effective team-based reflection. Further research needs to be performed to ensure that team-based reflection on a patient death by healthcare professionals, meets the needs of practitioners and enhances their emotional well-being, supports learning from practice and leads to improved patient outcomes.

Funding

This work was supported by the NHS Education Scotland [C001387]

History

Citation

Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2018, 33 (1), pp. 15-25

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES/School of Medicine/Department of Medical Education (Pre Nov 2017)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal of Interprofessional Care

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

issn

1356-1820

eissn

1469-9567

Acceptance date

15/08/2018

Copyright date

2018

Available date

24/09/2019

Publisher version

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13561820.2018.1513462

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Language

en