Nurses' experience of providing home‐based palliative care in the country setting: An integrated literature review

Lyn Rabbetts, Ann Harrington, Katrina Breaden

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Aims: The aim of the study is to explore the experiences of nurses providing home-based palliative care for patients who live in country settings. Methods: This study is an integrated literature review. Electronic databases, specific journals of interest, and reference lists were searched using key words and Boolean operators. Descriptive thematic analysis was undertaken to identify main themes and subthemes. Critical appraisal of the articles was conducted using the qualitative Critical Appraisal Skills Program guidelines. Primary research articles published in English, in peer-reviewed journals from 1990 to 2017, were included. Results: Twelve articles were included in this review. Two main themes emerged including the nature of nursing in country communities and nurses' emotional responses. The first main theme had the subthemes of community connections, geographical distance and isolation, organizational deficits, lack of education, and resources. The second main theme consisted on five subthemes including feeling rewarded, autonomy and professional isolation, hope and hopelessness, frustration, and fear. Conclusion: Literature is sparse reporting the lived experience of nurses providing palliative care in country areas for patients wanting to die at home. An increase in demand for a home-based palliative nursing service will require additional funding globally to meet this increase in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12773
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • Community
  • iterature review
  • Nurses
  • palliative care
  • rural
  • community
  • literature review
  • nurses


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