Palliative Excursions: a Way of Integrating Palliative Care Patients into Society
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2018.0320-0324german translation / full article
Background: Severely ill patients are often affected by social isolation, leading to a reduction of their quality of life. Although positive data from the field of adventure therapy are available, particularly in young cancer patients, there is barely any data for palliative care patients. The Oncological and Palliative Network Landshut addresses this problem with the project “integration of tumor patients into our society”.Methods: Within the scope of organized excursions under professional supervision, severely ill palliative care patients are offered the opportunity to participate in social life. With the help of a specially developed evaluation sheet, after each trip, all patients were asked about participation in social life, importance of excursions, assessment of care and influence on their quality of life. As some patients participated in several excursions, the number of respondents was higher than the number of patients. In addition, two patients gave short statements regarding the excursions.Results: Within two years, 101 patients, i.e. an average of 29 % of the patients who have been invited to excursions, participated at an average of 2.4 times, in total 11 excursions. Totally, 232 evaluation forms were completed correctly and could be evaluated. Overall, 93.1 % of the respondents stated that their quality of life and enjoyment of life improved, 93.5 % attributed great importance to participation in social life.Conclusions: Evaluation sheets and individual short statements showed that quality and enjoyment of life increased. Organized excursions may represent a new form of activity in the palliative care of severely ill patients.