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Good concordance between patients and their non-professional carers about factors associated with a ‘good death’ and other important end-of-life decisions
  1. Andrew Davies1,
  2. Jennifer Todd2,
  3. Fiona Bailey3,
  4. Amanda Gregory4 and
  5. Melanie Waghorn1
  1. 1Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK
  2. 2Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, UK
  3. 3Woking Hospice, Woking, UK
  4. 4St. Catherine's Hospice, Crawley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Davies, St. Luke's Cancer Centre (Royal Surrey County Hospital), Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XX, UK; adavies12{at}nhs.net

Abstract

Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate concordance between patients and non-professional carers about factors associated with a ‘good death’ and other end-of-life decisions.

Methods Patients completed a questionnaire about end-of-life care issues, and were asked to rank the importance of factors linked to a ‘good death’. Carers also completed a questionnaire about end-of-life care issues relating to the patient, and whether or not they agreed with those choices (ie, medical treatments, PPD). Carers were also asked to rank the importance of factors linked to a ‘good death’ to the patient, and to them personally at that point in time.

Results Only 69% of patients stated they had discussed their preferences for end-of-life care with their respective carer. The rankings were similar for the patient and the carer's views of what was important for the patient, although the patients ranked ‘to be involved in decisions about my care’ as less important than the carers, while the carers ranked ‘to have sorted out my personal affairs’ as less important than the patients.

Conclusions When discussions around end-of-life choices do occur, carers generally appear to agree with the patients' preferences around end-of-life treatment, and preferred place of death.

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  • Received 9 December 2015.
  • Revision received 12 April 2016.
  • Accepted 27 April 2016.
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