Schweighoffer, Reka

Schweighoffer, Reka


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  • Publikation
    Community readiness for Palliative Care Services in Switzerland: Basis for public health strategy for health psychologists
    (Psychreg, 04/2019) Reeves, Emily; Schweighoffer, Reka; Liebig, Brigitte [in: Psychreg Journal of Psychology]
    Integrated healthcare delivery is essential for ensuring health cost efficiency and high quality care for patients. In Switzerland, cantonal differences in approaches to palliative careimplementation contribute to fragmented provision of palliative care services. ‘Community readiness’is a practical tool for assessing the status and change in community health services. The aim of this paper is to assess community readiness for palliative care services in Switzerland. A document analysis was carried out in combination with expert interviews with palliative caremembers in four Swiss cantons (Ticino, Vaud, Basel-City and Lucerne). The findings indicate differences with respect to the history, provisional structure, coordination and financial support for palliative care in the cantons. Findings indicate that future research to improve provisional structures, financing and educational opportunities for PC in the cantons, specific to the needs of the canton, warrant investigation
    01A - Beitrag in wissenschaftlicher Zeitschrift
  • Publikation
    Collaboration in Palliative Care Networks in Urban and Rural Regions of Switzerland
    (01/2019) Schweighoffer, Reka; Nagy, Noemi; Reeves, Emily; Liebig, Brigitte [in: International Scholarly and Scientific Research & Innovation]
    Due to aging populations, the need for seamless palliative care provision is of central interest for western societies. An essential aspect of palliative care delivery is the quality of collaboration amongst palliative care providers. Therefore, thecurrent research is based on Bainbridge’s conceptual framework,which provides an outline for the evaluation of palliative careprovision. This study is the first one to investigate the predictive validity of spatial distribution on the quantity of interaction amongst various palliative care providers. Furthermore, based on the familiarity principle, we examine whether the extent of collaboration influences the perceived quality of collaboration among palliative care providers in urban versus rural areas of Switzerland. Based on a population-representative survey of Swiss palliative care providers, the results of the current study show that professionals in densely populated areas report higher absolute numbers of interactions and are more satisfied with their collaborative practice. This indicates that palliative care providers who work in urban areas are better embedded into networks than their counterparts in more rural areas. The findings are especially important, considering that efficient collaboration is a prerequisite to achieve satisfactory patientoutcomes. Conclusively, measures should be taken to foster collaboration in weakly interconnected palliative care networks.
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