Various interesting research groups and topics at University of Salford:
End of Life Care
"End of Life Care Planning is about making sure that preferences we would have for where we die and how we should be treated are taken account of. It is a Local and National priority now that evidence shows that the quality of care often provided in hospices is not easily available in other settings, and many people wish to die in their own home, or the next best thing, a nursing or residential home.
We are involved in research, teaching and conference planning and are involved at national levels in wider debates about care and treatment at the end of life. We all die, so every person has the potential to benefit from work which improves both the quality of care and the choices available to people at the end of their lives."
Meaning & Purpose in the Lives of Care Home Residents
Nurses have identified that they feel provision of spiritual care is an important part of their care, however they feel unprepared for assessing and providing such care.
Other studies have also identified that patients may have difficulty in articulating what their spiritual needs are. From a review of studies that examined patients’ perspectives on spirituality a recurring theme that was identified was that patients defined spirituality as enhancing meaning and purpose in their lives.
It may be more useful and of practical significance to have a primary focus on care that enhances meaning and purpose in the lives of older people, than to use spirituality related terminology that nurses and patients feel unsure about.
The study involves action research in two care homes in which residents and staff have participated in activities and collaborative groups to illustrate aspects of meaning and purpose in residents’ lives, and those activities that can enhance life quality.