Palliative Care: Views of Patients and Their Families
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1990 Aug 4; 301(6746): 277-281.
Objective -- to investigate the current problems and needs of terminally ill cancer patients and their family members, and to discover their views of hospital, community, and support team services. Design -- prospective study of patients and families by questionnaire interviews in the patients' homes...Main outcome measures -- ratings of eight current problems and ratings and comments on three services -- hospital doctors and nurses, general practitioners and district nurses, and the support team staff -- obtained after a minimum of two weeks' care from palliative care support teams...Conclusions -- palliative care needs to include both the patient and family because the needs of the family may exceed those of the patient. Support teams and some hospital and community doctors and nurses met the perceived needs of dying patients and families, but better education and organisation of services are needed.
Attitudes; Cancer; Communication; Community Services; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Doctors; Dying Patients; Education; Family Members; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Home Care; Hospitals; Interviews; Nurses; Pain; Palliative Care; Patient Care; Patient Care Team; Patients; Professional Patient Relationship; Psychological Stress; Survey; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill;
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