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BEACHeS: Brief Engagement and Acceptance Coaching in Hospice Settings

This is the intervention manual used in the BEACHeS Study. The study was a single case experimental design, testing the feasibility and acceptability of a brief individual delivered, manualised ACT intervention to people who recently transitioned into receiving specialist palliative care services. All patients had a cancer diagnosis, which was considered non-curable.

You can read more about the research in the attached paper.

Hulbert-Williams, N. J., Norwood, S. F., Gillanders, D., Finucane, A. M., Spiller, J., Strachan, J., … Swash, B. (2021). Brief Engagement and Acceptance Coaching for Hospice Settings (the BEACHeS study): results from a Phase I study of acceptability and initial effectiveness in people with non-curative cancer. BMC Palliative Care, 20(1), 1–13.


The manual contains details of expected training to be able to deliver the intervention safely and effectively, and a disclaimer as follows:


This manual has been written and provided in good faith by the BEACHeS Research Team. The manual and intervention has not been the subject of any patient complaint or adverse event in the BEACHeS research study. The BEACHeS study team, Marie Curie, The University of Chester or The University of Edinburgh accept no liability or responsibility for any subsequent use of this intervention in other settings. Individuals and services using this manual take responsibility for doing so, and for ensuring practitioners using this intervention are well trained, supported and supervised, and are competent and legal to deliver services within the country in which they are working.

The intervention was also supported by audio files that can be given to participants which can be accessed here

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