Using skype to support palliative care surveillance
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Using skype to support palliative care surveillance

Jacqueline Jones Associate professor, College of Nursing, University of Colorado, United States and a member of the Nursing Older People editorial advisory board

Families can retain close links with loved ones who are dying, wherever they are, with the aid of a web-based service, as Jacqueline Jones shows in this case study

The aim of this article is to demonstrate how a novel yet important tool can facilitate family involvement in person-centred care, despite geographical distance. The author presents a case study as an in-depth example of the use of Skype in the context of palliative care at home. Skype enhanced family surveillance and symptom management, augmented shared decision making, provided a space for virtual bedside vigil, and ultimately provided the rapport necessary for optimal end of life care.

Nursing Older People. 26, 1, 16-19. doi: 10.7748/nop2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 11 November 2013

Accepted: 10 December 2013