Japanese Bereaved Family Members’ Perspectives of Palliative Care Units and Palliative Care: J-HOPE Study Results

Satomi Kinoshita, Mitsunori Miyashita, Tatsuya Morita, Kazuki Sato, Ayaka Shoji, Yurika Chiba, Tamana Miyazaki, Satoru Tsuneto, Yasuo Shima

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Abstract

The study purpose was to understand the perspectives of bereaved family members regarding palliative care unit (PCU) and palliative care and to compare perceptions of PCU before admission and after bereavement. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted, and the perceptions of 454 and 424 bereaved family members were obtained regarding PCU and palliative care, respectively. Family members were significantly more likely to have positive perceptions after bereavement (ranging from 73% to 80%) compared to before admission (ranging from 62% to 71%). Bereaved family members who were satisfied with medical care in the PCU had a positive perception of the PCU and palliative care after bereavement. Respondents younger than 65 years of age were significantly more likely to have negative perceptions of PCU and palliative care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-430
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Japanese palliative care unit
  • bereaved family
  • bereavement
  • cancer
  • family members’ perspectives
  • palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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