Bereaved family members’ assessments of the quality of end-of-life care: what is important?

Source:  Journal of Palliative Care, 01 December 2011, 27, (4), p.261-269

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Date of publication: December 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: Using qualitative interview data, this study identifies what is important to families of patients who have received end of life care.  The study indicates that care-givers need to distinguish between :

•           perceived substantive or tangible features of received care

•           interpretations of the causes and symbolic meanings of that care

•           personal and affective outcomes

The authors encourage

•           practitioners to develop understanding of how their behaviours are interpreted by families

•           organisations to support improvements in practice and decision making at all levels in order to facilitate better experiences for patients and families.

Length of publication: 9 pages

Some important notes:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library

Acknowledgement: Cinahl


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