Table 1

Examples of interview questions
Topic Area: Barriers to accessing the end-of-life care system
Questions Probes
What do you feel prevents homeless persons from receiving referrals to palliative care services? Why do you feel they are not referred to:
Hospice care?
Hospital-based care?
What do you feel prevents homeless persons from receiving referrals to palliative care services? How do you feel their access is limited by:
Real or perceived discrimination?
Alcohol or illicit drug use?
What do you feel are the challenges to palliative care services delivery to homeless persons? How is palliative care services delivery to homeless persons adversely affected by:
Alcohol or illicit drug use?
Mental illness?
Topic Area: Facilitators to accessing the end-of-life care system
Questions Probes
What do you feel facilitates access to palliative care services for homeless persons? What makes it easier for them to access palliative care services?
What do you do to help homeless people access palliative care services? Can you describe when you helped someone access palliative care services?
How did you help them?
Probes: Ask throughout as appropriate
Questions
What changes do you feel would minimize the impact of [name of barrier]?
What types of programs do you feel would minimize the impact of [name of barrier]?

McNeil et al.

McNeil et al. BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:14   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-14

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