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End is just the beginning: involvement of bereaved next of kin in qualitative research
  1. Bronwen Warner1,2,
  2. Alice Harry2,3,
  3. Stephen Brett1,2,
  4. Mary Wells2,4 and
  5. David B Antcliffe1,2
  1. 1 Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Imperial College London, London, UK
  3. 3 Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  4. 4 Directorate of Nursing, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bronwen Warner, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W2 1NY, UK; bronwen.warner{at}

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Dear Sir/Madam,

We should focus more research on understanding the experiences of bereaved loved ones following death of an older person in hospital using qualitative research methods. Almost half the UK population die in hospital and more than two thirds of these are aged 75 years or more.1 In the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen high mortality rates for our most frail patients2 and especially challenging end of life experiences for their loved ones.3

Friends and family are an essential support network for older frail patients. Bereaved loved ones may be the only way to access the experiences of patients who …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.