Journal article

Effectiveness of advance care planning with family carers in dementia nursing homes: A paired cluster randomized controlled trial

Kevin Brazil, Gillian Carter, Chris Cardwell, Mike Clarke, Peter Hudson, Katherine Froggatt, Dorry McLaughlin, Peter Passmore, W George Kernohan

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In dementia care, a large number of treatment decisions are made by family carers on behalf of their family member who lacks decisional capacity; advance care planning can support such carers in the decision-making of care goals. However, given the relative importance of advance care planning in dementia care, the prevalence of advance care planning in dementia care is poor. AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of advance care planning with family carers in dementia care homes. DESIGN: Paired cluster randomized controlled trial. The intervention comprised a trained facilitator, family education, family meetings, documentation of advance care planning decisions and intervention orie..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: Funding to undertake this study was received from the Health and Social Care Public Health Agency Northern Ireland (Grant/Award Number: COM/4887/13) and The Atlantic Philanthropies (Grant/Award Number: COM/4887/13). All members of the research team were independent from the funders. The funders played no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, review or approval of the manuscript.