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P-103  Self-management dvd: support for patients in the home setting
  1. Jane Finnerty,
  2. Kelly De Souza and
  3. Tony Foster
  1. Willowbrook Hospice, Prescot, UK


Background Patients are living longer with a range of life limiting illnesses, the Wellbeing Service have adapted the Day Hospice education programme, and created with the assistance of a volunteer photographer a series of DVDs to help maximise patient’s quality of life. Patients can access these free on discharge to enable on-going support at home.

Method The DVDs provide a visual and audio holistic ‘tool box’ of self-help techniques to reinforce self-management of common symptoms experienced by palliative patients. An audit from the education programme identified the following as key areas for support; breathlessness management, anxiety management, fatigue and mobility.

Topics on the DVDs include:

Results The DVDs may help patients to review and recap skills and coping strategies learnt within wellbeing services. They reinforce self-management of symptoms to support and empower patients with their own well-being thus maximising quality of life.

Benefits The DVDs:

  • continue to provide reassurance and support at home following discharge

  • may increase time between referrals back to service

  • continue to empower and guide patients with their self-care

  • may help carers to provide additional support to their loved ones’ care, by increasing their knowledge and raising their awareness of strategies that patients can use to self-manage their symptoms

  • provide a very good visual aid - especially to those that are hard of hearing. It may also be especially helpfully for patients that have short-term memory or impaired cognition.


Conclusions The DVDs provide on-going support post discharge for both the patient and their carers through the application of the techniques learnt at day hospice whilst in the comfort of their own home.

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