Journal article

How are older people?s care preferences documented towards the end of life?

Sue Williams, Kerry Hwang, James Watt, Frances Batchelor, Katrin Gerber, Barbara Hayes, Bianca Brijnath

COLLEGIAN | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: Meeting individuals’ preferences is essential to achieve quality care at the end of life. Documenting these preferences in the healthcare system is an essential step to achieve them. Aim: To investigate the documentation of older people's care preferences including end of life care preferences in health records. Methods: Retrospective audit of health records for the last six months of life of people aged over 74 years who died in hospitals, residential aged care facilities, or community palliative care. Findings: Fifty records were audited, including 28 hospital, 12 residential aged care facilities, and 10 community palliative care records with overall 297 documented care prefere..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research team would like to acknowledge the health services staff who assisted in retrieving records. The project was conducted under the auspices and funding of the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration (MARC). This project included the following partners: the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), Mercy Health, Western Health, Northern Health, and North West Melbourne Primary Health Network.