Easing the trauma of unexpected tragedy

Improving the experience of loved ones in the event of an unexpected emergency department death is the subject of a new research project led by Dr Tracey Giles.

The unexpected death of a family member is an unfortunate reality in emergency department settings, and one that is increasing in proportion to SA’s ageing demographic.

Once all life-saving opportunities have been exhausted, it’s critical that the best possible care is provided to patients and their loved ones.

Researcher Dr Tracey Giles.
Researcher Dr Tracey Giles.

Previous studies have identified how clinicians can improve end-of-life care in emergency departments, however there has been little research into the experiences of family members or loved ones who suddenly lose someone under these circumstances.

For this new research, Dr Giles is looking to speak to adults who have had a family member or loved one pass away in a South Australian emergency department setting within the past 10 years and are willing to share their experience through a one-hour interview.

The study will help inform future policy, practice and research in this critical area, together with helping to improve the planning and delivery of future end-of-life care practices and services in Australian emergency departments.

The experience of suddenly losing a loved one can resonate with people for many years and clinicians have only one chance to provide the best possible end-of-life care. High quality care can provide a foundation for better dealing with grief and help people feel closure.

In contrast, less effective care may result in unresolved grief and contribute to long term issues such as high blood pressure, depression and anxiety.

To find out more or take part in the study, register online or contact Dr Tracey Giles on 8201 3481 or by email anytime until 31 October 2018. Participants will be provided with a $25 voucher for their time.


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