Transition to adult services by young people with life-limiting conditions in Belfast and Dublin: a realist evaluation using mixed methods (TASYL study):
Improvements in care and treatment have led to more young people with life-limiting conditions living beyond childhood, which means they must make the transition from children’s to adult services. The loss of long-standing relationships with providers of children’s services combines with poor co-ordination of services to make this a daunting prospect for young people and their families. However, there is little evidence on transition services in palliative care, with few models of good practice in the literature. This research aims to identify the factors that promote or inhibit effective transition.
A realist evaluation using mixed methods of transition services in Belfast and Dublin.
An online questionnaire survey of health, social, educational and charitable organisations providing transition services to young people in Belfast and Dublin to identify current practices. Semi-structured interviews with young people with life limiting illnesses who have experience of palliative care services provided by a HSC Trust in Belfast and HSE Area in Dublin. Two focus groups consisting of the parents or carers of the young people taking part in the focus groups. Semi-structured interviews with key service providers and practitioners in the identified HSC Trust and HSE Area.
The outcomes will be an overview of the transition services currently provided in Belfast and Dublin, together with a detailed description of the organisation of services in the identified HSC Trust and HSE Area, identifying models of good practice and the key factors influencing the quality, safety and continuity of care.
All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and HSC R&D Public Health Agency
Room 07/310 School of Nursing and Midwifery
Medical Biology Centre
Belfast BT9 7AB
Telephone: 028 9097 2684
Dr. Peter O’Halloran
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Medical Biology Centre
Tel: 028 9097 2490
Dr Honor Nicholl
School of Nursing & Midwifery
24 D'Olier Street,
Telephone: 01 8963702
Dr Jayne E Price
Associate Professor (Children's Nursing)
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
Kingston University and St George's, University London
Kingston Hill Campus,
Kingston upon Thames,
Surrey, KT2 7LB
Direct landline number: 020 8417 5703
(previous surname of Sinclair)
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