Journal article

3 Is it acceptable to use technical monitoring to assess palliative care patients’ level of consciousness? a qualitative exploration with patients and relatives

Anna-Maria Krooupa, Paddy Stone, Stephen McKeever, Bella Vivat

BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care | BMJ | Published : 2018

Abstract

IntroductionBispectral Index (BIS) monitoring uses electroencephalographic data to objectively measure patients’ level of consciousness and might be a useful supplement to clinical observation when using sedative medication in palliative care. However its acceptability to UK palliative care service users is unknown.AimTo explore the acceptability of BIS technology with UK hospice patients and relatives.MethodsWe conducted focus groups and individual interviews with patients and relatives in a UK hospice and analysed data thematically.Results10 patients and 15 relatives participated in seven focus groups and three interviews. Responses from patient participants were similar to those from rela..

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