Affording opportunities to discuss deterioration in paediatric palliative care consultations: a conversation analytic study.

Ekberg, Stuart, Danby, Susan, Herbert, Anthony, Bradford, Natalie K and Yates, Patsy (2017) Affording opportunities to discuss deterioration in paediatric palliative care consultations: a conversation analytic study.. BMJ supportive & palliative care, . doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001130


Author Ekberg, Stuart
Danby, Susan
Herbert, Anthony
Bradford, Natalie K
Yates, Patsy
Title Affording opportunities to discuss deterioration in paediatric palliative care consultations: a conversation analytic study.
Journal name BMJ supportive & palliative care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2045-4368
Publication date 2017-03-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001130
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Abstract Discussing the potential deterioration of a child who has a life-limiting condition has recognised benefits for future care, but can be challenging in a clinical context where uncertain illness trajectories are common. Existing research is restricted to indirect forms of evidence such as self-report data from clinicians and families. This study directly explores how discussions about deterioration are managed within actual paediatric palliative care consultations.

9 consultations were video recorded in an Australian paediatric palliative care service. Each consultation involved the same paediatric palliative care specialist. Conversation analysis was used to identify and explore recurrent ways in which discussions about deterioration came to be realised.

The study identified two communicative practices used by a paediatric palliative care specialist that afforded opportunities to discuss deterioration: (1) soliciting the family's agenda for the consultation; (2) initiating and maintaining topics where discussing deterioration is a relevant possibility. Across these different practices, a common feature was indirect initiation of discussions about deterioration. This approach made such discussions possible, but without mandating or even suggesting that such discussion must occur.

These communicative practices balance the benefit of discussing deterioration against a recognised importance of allowing discussions to be directed by a child's family. This was achieved by creating opportunities for discussing deterioration, without making such discussions necessary.
Keyword Communication
Family management
Paediatrics
Prognosis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Pubmed Import
 
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