Fisher, Suzanne and Duke, Sue
Preferred place of care at the end of life for people in hospitals.
End of Life Care, 4, (2), .
Background: Achievement of a person’s preferences for end-of-life care is a moral and policy imperative. It is morally important as it demonstrates respect for people’s end of life choices and a policy imperative because it is recognized that many people die do not die in the place of their choice. Much has been written about the factors influencing preferred place of care (PPC) and where people die. Little attention has been paid to which interventions enhance achievement of PPC.
Aim: This article reports on an audit assessing the impact of the interventions of an acute hospital discharge team (HDTNs) on the achievement of PPC. Methods: The audit was undertaken on a consecutive sample of 39 people, referred at the end of life to the HDTNs, over a 3-month period from May-July 2009. The data were analysed using Cohen’s Kappa statistic to test the degree to which PPC was achieved.
Results: All but three people achieved their PPC.
Conclusions: The results compare very favorably with studies assessing success in achieving preferred and actual place of end-of-life care. Key to the success of this intervention was the HDTNs’ knowledge of community services, imparted during conversations with patients and their families.
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