Background / Aims: The aim of this research is to understand Pacific People’s experiences of Palliative care services. It is also to identify barriers Pacific people face which prevents them from utilising Palliative care services.
Methods: The population of this study will primarily focus on Pacific people who have had experience in using Palliative Care Services, either as a family member or as a person who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Patients will be recruited from the community following an information session in which people have been invited to attend to talk about palliative care and issues of death and dying. Recruitment will be limited to Pacific people who are primarily English speaking. The method of data collection will be undertaken through a face-to-face talanoa approach to guide semi-structured interviews. Talanoa will be undertaken within the community, in a private space and at a time that is convenient and appropriate for the participants, and conducted in English.
Results: It is my hope that the outcome of this research will increase the uptake of Palliative Care services by Pacific People through understanding the barriers experienced by Pacific Peoples when discussions are initiated by healthcare professionals about dying, death and palliative care.
Conclusions: The end result is a framework that could contribute to other new initiatives such as Advanced Care Planning, End of Life Care, and Bundle of Care sterategies that are currently being developed in the New Zealand health context.
Counties Manukau Health