Exploring the Perceived Met and Unmet Need of Life-Limited Children, Young People and Families

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Abstract

This article presents an original study commissioned by the UK charity, Together for Short Lives which explored children and young people up to 25 years of age with life-threatening/limiting conditions and their families. Using Appreciative Inquiry and framework analysis, qualitative work sought to explore perceived met and unmet needs of services and care. Fifty-one families were interviewed from one UK area, 18 of which were children/young people up to 25 years old. Findings indicated that children and their families felt medical/nursing needs were well met but provision was needed for broader financial, social and emotional support alongside more responsive specialist therapies.

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