Methods Critique And Comparison : Enhancing Caregiver Outcomes Of Palliative Care, By Mccorkle And Pasacreta

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Methods Critique and Comparison of "Enhancing Caregiver Outcomes in Palliative Care" by Ruth McCorkle, PhD and Jeannie V. Pasacreta, PhD Bruce Alleyne Excelsior College November 2015 Critique The purpose of the study article I chose, "Enhancing Caregiver Outcomes in Palliative Care," by McCorkle and Pasacreta (McCorkle, 2015) was twofold. The first was to define the negative experiences of untrained family members that care for a chronically ill patient and, second, intervene with a nursing care plan designed to prepare the caregiver for the consequences of those experiences. The statement of purpose is, "Families are increasingly replacing skilled health care workers in the delivery of unfamiliar complex care to their relatives with cancer, despite other obligations and responsibilities that characterize their lives" (McCorkle & Pasacreta, 2001). What this theory identified was the health care paradigm for a cancer patient had changed from the patient receiving care in a hospital or hospice setting by skilled health care professionals to home care by inexperienced family members. The hypothesis is: Does this new trend of transferring the responsibility from skilled health care to the inexperienced family member create a whole new health care paradigm with its own set of implications? McCorkle and Pasacreta used a constructivist grounded theory (Polit, 2012) methodology consisting of a literature review combined with their own research to create a framework of

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