Journal article

Do family meetings for hospitalised palliative care patients improve outcomes and reduce health care costs? A cluster randomised trial

Peter Hudson, Afaf Girgis, Kristina Thomas, Jennifer Philip, David C Currow, Geoffrey Mitchell, Deborah Parker, Danny Liew, Caroline Brand, Brian Le, Juli Moran

PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Family meetings facilitate the exploration of issues and goals of care however, there has been minimal research to determine the benefits and cost implications. AIMS: To determine: (1) if family caregivers of hospitalised patients referred to palliative care who receive a structured family meeting report lower psychological distress (primary outcome), fewer unmet needs, improved quality of life; feel more prepared for the caregiving role; and receive better quality of end-of-life care; (2) if outcomes vary dependant upon site of care and; (3) the cost-benefit of implementing meetings into routine practice. DESIGN: Pragmatic cluster randomised trial involving palliative care patie..

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