About Our Study
What is the Hospice Today Project?
How Did Our Study Begin?
Our path to starting this study began several years ago in a place you might not expect. Our director, Lee Ellington PhD, was working on identifying communication strategies used during poison control calls that helped people get better emergency care. This work led to the development of communication training procedures that are still used in poison control centers around the country.
Realizing the potential for effective communication to make an impact on a person’s health, Dr. Ellington began to assemble a team of researchers with different backgrounds to start looking at communication in other areas of health care. One important area the team began studying was how nurses communicate with family caregivers and patients, which led us to study interactions in home hospice.
Our initial research suggested that while there were many strengths in how nurses and families worked together, there was room for improvement, especially related to involving family caregivers as important members of the hospice care team.
Examining How Hospice Care Teams Communicate With Families
The Hospice Care Today Project will expand our previous work by looking at how members of the entire hospice care team communicate with hospice families. Similar to our work with poison control, we hope that this study will lead to practical recommendations for better communication with hospice families.
This website is a place where you can find information about the Hospice Today Project, our collaborators, and learn more about hospice.
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