Role of carers in transfer of care from hospital to home
For many people with medical conditions, being admitted to hospital is common to get the care they need. When leaving the hospital to go back home there is information to collect and send back to the person’s doctor and sometimes pharmacist. This time can be busy and confusing with different medical professionals being involved and lots of information being provided. Some of this information will be about the patient's medicines, which are often changed in hospital. During the transfer home, this information may be unclear or delayed.
People may rely on support from others, like family members or friends, otherwise known as informal carers, to provide support at home. Some of this support will be around how and when to take medicines. However, the role of informal carers is very often forgotten during the transfer process. Also, there is very little research to understand how to best involve informal carers in this part of care to make sure patients are supported as well as possible.
This project will use a realist method to consider what research has been done to date that has included support people (like family and friends) and what their role is in helping support someone to take medicines following a stay in hospital. We are trying to find out what works in this situation, if it helps the person who has been in hospital and/or the family or friends supporting them, and why this occurs.
A realist method means there will be a focus on the real world and what works and does not work for normal people. This involves reading and looking at other research to find out what has already been learnt about this topic and finding questions that we still do not have answers to. This will help to plan future research.
We are looking for co-applicant to help us shape the research application in a direction that is relevant and meaningful to make the review relevant to carers as well as health care professionals involved in transfer of care.
We are looking for one or two people who would be intersted in becoming involved in the research team and be co-applicants on a funding application. There is no restrictions on age or health conditions but we would like the person to be in position of helping someone else, whether a friend or family member with their health related needs such as medications or attending appointments.
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to become part of the research team applying for a grant to carry out the review. As part of this, you will be asked to attend montly research meetings, lasting up to an hour and review and comment on documentation.
When and where?
Currently meetings will take place online via Teams or Zoom.
Will I get anything for taking part?
There is no payment currently but if the application is successful, then there would be reimbursement for on-going involvement in the project.
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