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When “good enough” isn’t good enough: Interdisciplinary perspectives on caring for adults using substances at the end of life

Templeton, Lorna, Galvani, Sarah ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3794-9378 and Peacock, Marian (2021) When “good enough” isn’t good enough: Interdisciplinary perspectives on caring for adults using substances at the end of life. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

This paper draws on data from one strand of a six-strand, exploratory study on end of life care for adults using substances (AUS). It presents data from the key informant (KI) strand of the study that aimed to identify models of practice in the UK. Participant recruitment was purposive and used snowball sampling to recruit KIs from a range of health and social care, policy and practice backgrounds. Data were collected in 2016-2017 from 20 KIs using a semi-structured interview approach. The data were analysed using template analysis (King, 2012). This paper focusses on two of seven resulting themes, namely ‘Definitions and perceptions of key terms’ in end of life care and substance use sectors, and ‘Service commissioning and delivery’ The KIs demonstrated dedicated individual practice, but were critical of the systemic failure to provide adequate direction and resources to support people using substances at the end of their lives.

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