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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dunleavy, L, Walshe, C, Machin, L. Exploring the psychological impact of life‐limiting illness using the Attitude to Health Change scales: A qualitative focus group study in a hospice palliative care setting. Eur J Cancer Care. 2020; 29 (6): e13302. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13302 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecc.13302 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dunleavy, L, Walshe, C, Machin, L. Exploring the psychological impact of life‐limiting illness using the Attitude to Health Change scales: A qualitative focus group study in a hospice palliative care setting. Eur J Cancer Care. 2020; 00:e13302. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13302 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecc.13302 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Exploring the psychological impact of life-limiting illness using the Attitude to Health Change scales: A qualitative focus group study in a hospice palliative care setting

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Article numbere13302
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/11/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>European Journal of Cancer Care
Issue number6
Volume29
Number of pages10
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date3/09/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Objective
Practitioners are often reluctant to engage in conversations that acknowledge patient's health concerns. This can affect patient and family carer psychological well‐being. The Attitude to Health Change scales, adapted from the validated Adult Attitude to Grief scale, may have potential to address the psychological impact of illness and facilitate conversations in palliative care. To explore how health and social care professionals experience using the Attitude to Health Change Scales within hospice settings.

Methods
Qualitative focus groups with practitioners currently using the Attitude to Health Change scales in three UK hospices. Two researchers conducted the interviews, developed the thematic framework and independently coded the transcripts using a framework analysis approach.

Results
Three focus groups (n = 21 practitioners). The scale was used to assess and reassess levels of vulnerability and resilience to identify the need for support and to facilitate structured in‐depth conversations. Factors that influenced scale implementation included the following: practitioner personal comfort and training; patient and family carer willingness to engage with the scales and having a practitioner “champion” within the organisation.

Conclusion
This exploratory work has identified the potential value of the scales for assessment and to facilitate conversations. Further research needs to incorporate the views of patients and family carers.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dunleavy, L, Walshe, C, Machin, L. Exploring the psychological impact of life‐limiting illness using the Attitude to Health Change scales: A qualitative focus group study in a hospice palliative care setting. Eur J Cancer Care. 2020; 29 (6): e13302. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13302 which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecc.13302 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.