Learning to Work with the "Unsolvable"; Building capacity for working with refractory suffering

Margaret Hegarty, Katrina Breaden, Catherine Swetenem, Carol Grbich

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    Abstract

    This article reports on a preliminary study of the experiences and perceptions of palliative care clinicians in developing capacity for effective, sustainable practice in their work with people who have refractory suffering. Members of a purposive sample of 17 clinicians (10 nurses, 5 doctors, and 2 allied health professionals) were either interviewed (13) or responded to an online questionnaire (4). The study's findings provide insight into these palliative care clinicians' experiences and their perceptions of the capabilities they require, effective learning methods for developing these capabilities, and the supports that can facilitate this capacity building.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)287-294
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Palliative Care
    Volume26
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Hegarty, M., Breaden, K., Swetenem, C., & Grbich, C. (2010). Learning to Work with the "Unsolvable"; Building capacity for working with refractory suffering. Journal of Palliative Care, 26(4), 287-294.