A case study approach to investigating end-of-life decision making in an acute health service

Source: Australian Health Review, vol.37(1) pp93-7

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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

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library

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