Source: BMC Health Services Research
Date of publication: March 2013
Publication type: Article
In a nutshell: This article describes the protocol of a study to assess the quality of care of the dying patient and the contribution of an intervention targeted on staff nurses of inpatient wards of a large university hospital in the Netherlands. Assessments are performed among bereaved relatives, nurses and physicians on seven wards before and after introduction ofthe intervention and on 11 control wards where the intervention is not applied. The researchers focused on care provided during the last three days of life, covered in global ratings of the quality of life in the last three days of life and the quality of dying, and various secondary endpoints of treatment and care affecting quality of life and dying. The authors aim to improve the understanding of and attention for patients, needs, and the quality of care in the dying phase in the hospital and measure the impact of a quality improvement intervention targeted at nurses.
Length of publication: 7 pages