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Meeting End-of-Life Needs

By Suzanne Earle, MLS, AHIP
End-of-Life Library
The Hospice Institute
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Cleveland, OH

Hospice of the Western ReserveThe Hospice Institute of Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, has recognized the need for access to quality educational resources related to end-of-life care and has created a specialized library to meet those needs. Its mission is to provide healthcare professionals both within and outside of our organization with the tools necessary to give quality palliative and end-of-life care and to support ongoing research into related topics. Personalized library services are free of charge to members of both the healthcare community and the public. These library materials help increase understanding, awareness and acceptance of the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual transitions that occur at the end of life.

The library collection of over1500 titles relates to hospice and palliative care, death, dying and bereavement, as well as specialized journals and archival material from the early days of the hospice movement. The children’s collection supports our Pediatric Care Program and offers assistance to providers who may have few pediatric resources.  Literature searches provide information to help navigate the complex end-of-life needs of an increasingly diverse society.

The materials supplied by the library support the continuing education and research needs of physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers all over the United States, including many underserved areas.  Research articles supplied by the library have been used to increase the application of evidence based practice in hospice and palliative care settings and to create institutional policies and procedures to improve the quality of care provided at the end of life.

In addition to standard library services, the library website contains links to several databases which assist researchers to identify appropriate measurement instruments for use in their studies.  Behavioral Measures Core, developed at the Case Comprehensive Center of Case Western Reserve University, and Primary Care Core, funded by a Title VII grant from the Health Resources Administration are two databases containing behavioral measurement tools useful for hospice and palliative care researchers’ projects. The database provides information about the measure, key references and copies of the measure when available.  The library website also has links to pain and palliative care measurement tools and a Bioethics link.

The Hospice of the Western Reserve End-of-Life Library may be accessed in several ways.  The library website is http://www.hospicewr.org/Library_Search.asp.  The library may also be reached through the Hospice of the Western Reserve homepage, http://www.hospicewr.org/, under the Programs and Services link. In addition, the Library is available by phone at 216-383-3781.

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