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Chart review of current end-of-life care needs and care practices in acute care hospitals: final report of an investigation Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Chart Review
Hospital
Palliative
End-of-Life
Care Needs
Care Practices
Research
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Thurston, Amy J
Supervisor and department
Wilson, Donna (Nursing)
Examining committee member and department
Low, Gail (Nursing)
Northcott, Herb (Sociology)
Department
Faculty of Nursing
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-04-08T20:55:09Z
Graduation date
2011-06
Degree
Master of Nursing
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
A total of 1,018 charts of people who died from August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2009 were reviewed to describe and examine current end-of-life care needs and care practices provided in two acute care hospitals. The mean age of those who died was 72.5, the majority of decedents were elderly (73.8%), a slight majority were male (53.0%), a slight majority were not married (53.0%), and most were urbanites (79.5%). The most common primary diagnosis was cancer (36.2%). More than half of deaths were expected (54.6%). Only 40.3% of those who had an expected death had a palliative care referral. Of all decedents, 13.8% had CPR performed, and a total of 13.9% of people died without having a DNR order. A written will was provided in 30.8% of cases. Most had technologies in use at the time of death (97.3%). Of those who died with pain, most received analgesia (98.6%).
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R36D17
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License granted by Amy Thurston (ajthurst@ualberta.ca) on 2011-04-05T21:03:10Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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