Source: Australian Health Review, vol.37(1) pp93-7
Date of publication: February 2013
Publication type: Article
In a nutshell: This article aimed to identify end-of-life (EOL) decision making processes for patients with non-cancer illnesses in a major metropolitan hospital in Australia. A retrospective review using a case study framework of 47 randomly selected patient records over a 6-month period explored issues in End of Life care planning. The article concludes that the development and effective implementation of EOL plans is associated with the active involvement of both family members and health professionals. It also draws attention to the risks of delaying EOL discussions until late in the illness trajectory or later in life as well as pointing to challenges in acting on EOL developed outside the hospital environment.
Length of publication: 5 pages
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