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Bereaved Family Members' Satisfaction with Care during the Last Three Months of Life for People with Advanced Illness.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Palliative Research Centre, PRC.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4136-7250
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Palliative Research Centre, PRC. Capio Palliativ vård Dalen.
Göteborgs universitet.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences, Palliative Research Centre, PRC. Sophiahemmet högskola.
2018 (English)In: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland), ISSN 2227-9032, Vol. 6, no 4, article id E130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Studies evaluating the end-of-life care for longer periods of illness trajectories and in several care places are currently lacking. This study explored bereaved family members' satisfaction with care during the last three months of life for people with advanced illness, and associations between satisfaction with care and characteristics of the deceased individuals and their family members.

METHODS: A cross-sectional survey design was used. The sample was 485 family members of individuals who died at four different hospitals in Sweden.

RESULTS: Of the participants, 78.7% rated the overall care as high. For hospice care, 87.1% reported being satisfied, 87% with the hospital care, 72.3% with district/county nurses, 65.4% with nursing homes, 62.1% with specialized home care, and 59.6% with general practitioners (GPs). Family members of deceased persons with cancer were more likely to have a higher satisfaction with the care. A lower satisfaction was more likely if the deceased person had a higher educational attainment and a length of illness before death of one year or longer.

CONCLUSION: The type of care, diagnoses, length of illness, educational attainment, and the relationship between the deceased person and the family member influences the satisfaction with care.

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2018. Vol. 6, no 4, article id E130
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Sweden, End-of-life care, Palliative care, Proxy measurement, Quality of health care
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7105DOI: 10.3390/healthcare6040130PubMedID: 30404147OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7105DiVA, id: diva2:1262903
Available from: 2018-11-13 Created: 2018-11-13 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved

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