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Title: Health problems encountered by dying patients receiving palliative home care until death
Authors: Wong, KY
Liu, F
Yan, S
Sham, M
Chan, T
Keywords: Dying health problems
Holistic care
Home palliative care
Hong Kong
Omaha systemm
Transitional care
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Source: Cancer nursing, 2004, v. 27, no. 3, p. 244-251 How to cite?
Journal: Cancer nursing 
Abstract: Many of the studies reviewing the needs of the dying patient have used specified time points rather than following the patients through the last span of their lifetime, until death. This prospective study, using clinical records and nursing anecdotes, examined the health problems encountered by dying patients receiving home care from referral to home care until death. Thirty-two subjects were recruited in the study. The clinical records were content-analyzed using the Omaha system, and the anecdotes of the nurses were used to illuminate the numerical findings. This study reveals that patients who were discharged home were living in good environmental and social conditions. The physical symptoms were generally well controlled, except for dyspnea. The psychological aspects caused the most concern to patients, families, and healthcare professionals. The severity of the psychological signs and symptoms was moderate at the time of the initial visits, but improved toward the final visits. Understanding the needs of palliative home care patients can facilitate the healthcare team to plan care to support "good dying" of these patients.
ISSN: 0162-220X
EISSN: 1538-9804
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