'There for me': A qualitative study of family communication and decision-making in end-of-life care for older people
Katrin Gerber, Christel Lemmon, Sue Williams, James Watt, Anita Panayiotou, Frances Batchelor, Barbara Hayes, Bianca Brijnath
PROGRESS IN PALLIATIVE CARE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020
Background: Communication is an essential prerequisite for good end-of-life care. Yet, there is a need to better understand the unique features of communication regarding end-of-life care for older people. Aim: To gain an in-depth understanding of family communication and decision-making concerning older people’s end-of-life care. Design: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with four older palliative care patients and seven bereaved family members in Melbourne, Australia. Data were analysed thematically using inductive coding. Findings: Participants preferred not to think about dying as older people trusted others (e.g. medical staff, God) to make decisions for them. This influenced e..View full abstract
Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration and North Western Melbourne Primary Care Health Network.