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Prevalence and incidence of palliative terminal care for nursing home patients

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Title Prevalence and incidence of palliative terminal care for nursing home patients
Period 09 / 2000 - 01 / 2007
Status Completed
Dissertation Yes
Research number OND1282082

Abstract

[OBJECTIVES:] To assess the incidence and prevalence of the need for palliative terminal care among patients in Dutch nursing homes. To assess care-needs, problems, and the nature and amount of care that is provided, as well as the spiritual, psychological, cognitive, emotional and physical problems of these patients. [METHODS:] This is a prospective observational study. In 15 nursing homes, during a period of 1 year, all incident patients who have a remaining life-expectancy of 6 weeks or less will be included (expected N=480). Basic patient characteristics, the care provided, and spiritual, psychological, cognitive, emotional and physical problems will be assessed until death. Moreover, significant problems that arise in providing the care will also be registered. A semi-structured interview will be held with a random sample of 24 patients or their partners to assess the problems from their point of view. [RESULTS:] 15 representative nursing homes have agreed to participate. Data-collection has already started in 12 nursing homes.

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Supervisor Prof.dr. L. Deliens
Supervisor Prof.dr. M.W. Ribbe
Supervisor Prof.dr. G. van der Wal
Researcher Dr.ir. P.D. Bezemer
Researcher Dr. M.E. Ooms
Doctoral/PhD student Dr. H.E. Brandt

Classification

A74000 Mental health care
A76000 Patients care
D23350 Psychiatry, clinical psychology
D23370 Social medicine
D24100 Nursing sciences

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