Characteristics of family meetings for patients with advanced disease in an Australian metropolitan tertiary hospital.
Amy Wang, Kristina Thomas, Jennifer Weil, Peter Hudson
BMJ Support Palliat Care | Published : 2020
OBJECTIVES: Family meetings (FMs) between clinicians, patients and family are recommended as a valuable communication and care planning method in the delivery of palliative care. However, there is a dearth of knowledge regarding FM characteristics, with few studies describing the prevalence, circumstances and content of FMs. The aims of this study were to: (1) measure the prevalence of FMs, (2) examine circumstance and timing of FMs, and (3) explore the content of FMs. METHODS: A retrospective medical record audit was conducted of 200 patients who died in an Australian hospital of an expected death from advanced disease. Details of FMs were collected using an audit tool, along with patient d..View full abstract