Insights into hospitalisation of advanced cancer patients: a study of medical records
Adam Bostanci, Dell Horey, Kate Jackson, Leeroy William, Lise Pittmann, Jennifer Ward, Gaye Moore, Peter Martin, Peter Hudson, Jennifer Philip
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE | WILEY | Published : 2016
The aim of this study was to explore reasons for the hospitalisation and place of death outcomes of terminal cancer patients. The methodology involved a qualitative content analysis of medical records pertaining to the last 3 months of life of 39 patients with one of four malignancies: prostate, breast, lung, or haematological. The results presentation is organised around three themes: decision hierarchy in health care, meanings of 'home', and late recognition of dying. Based on the detailed findings, this paper suggests that important insights into the broader goals of advanced cancer patients are offered by allied health staff, and that more effective use of the multidisciplinary team may ..View full abstract
The data collection tool was initially developed by Kate Jackson and implemented as an MS Access database with the help of Mark Jackson at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. The project was funded by the Victorian Cancer Agency.