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„Being there“

Leena Pelttari, Anna H. Pissarek
DOI: 10.5603/10.5603/PMPI.2018.0001
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Palliat Med Pract 2018;12(3):131-134.

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Vol 12, No 3 (2018)
Review articles
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Abstract

Volunteer hospice teams are part of the nationwide Austrian concept of a ‘Graded Hospice and Palliative Care System’. This three-level system was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and developed by GÖG/ÖBIG, a national research and planning institute for health care, in joint cooperation with Hospice Austria
in 2004.
By the end of 2016, there were 3528 Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers in Austria. 2929 volunteers belonged to one of the 162 hospice teams and were involved in direct patient care, 599 volunteers were performing other tasks in their hospice teams or were working within coordinating organizations in their federal state (e.g. as board members, helping with fundraising, etc.). 86% of the volunteers were female. Volunteers contributed in total 405,204 hours. 256,325 (63%) of these were spent in direct patient care in all kinds of settings at home, in palliative care units, in day hospices, inpatient hospices and also in nursing homes.
Volunteers in direct patient care are required to undergo a training based on a standard curriculum developed
by Hospice Austria and are organized in teams with a (paid) coordinator.

Palliat Med Pract 2018; 12, 3: 131–134

Abstract

Volunteer hospice teams are part of the nationwide Austrian concept of a ‘Graded Hospice and Palliative Care System’. This three-level system was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and developed by GÖG/ÖBIG, a national research and planning institute for health care, in joint cooperation with Hospice Austria
in 2004.
By the end of 2016, there were 3528 Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers in Austria. 2929 volunteers belonged to one of the 162 hospice teams and were involved in direct patient care, 599 volunteers were performing other tasks in their hospice teams or were working within coordinating organizations in their federal state (e.g. as board members, helping with fundraising, etc.). 86% of the volunteers were female. Volunteers contributed in total 405,204 hours. 256,325 (63%) of these were spent in direct patient care in all kinds of settings at home, in palliative care units, in day hospices, inpatient hospices and also in nursing homes.
Volunteers in direct patient care are required to undergo a training based on a standard curriculum developed
by Hospice Austria and are organized in teams with a (paid) coordinator.

Palliat Med Pract 2018; 12, 3: 131–134

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Keywords

hospice care, organization, palliative care, training, volunteers

About this article
Title

„Being there“

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 12, No 3 (2018)

Pages

131-134

Published online

2018-10-25

DOI

10.5603/10.5603/PMPI.2018.0001

Bibliographic record

Palliat Med Pract 2018;12(3):131-134.

Keywords

hospice care
organization
palliative care
training
volunteers

Authors

Leena Pelttari
Anna H. Pissarek

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