Trust in Physicians, Continuity and Coordination of Care, and Quality of Death in Patients with Advanced Cancer

Jun Hamano, Tatsuya Morita, Sakiko Fukui, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tunetou, Yasuo Shima, Makoto Kobayakawa, Maho Aoyama, Mitsunori Miyashita

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Abstract

Background: Provider-centered factors contribute to unexplained variation in the quality of death (QOD). The relationship between healthcare providers (HCPs) and patients, bidirectional communication, and consistency of longitudinal care planning are important provider-centered factors. Objective: To explore whether the level of trust in HCPs, the quality of continuity of care, and the level of coordination of care among home HCPs are associated with the QOD for cancer patients dying at home. Design: This study was a part of a nationwide multicenter questionnaire survey of bereaved family members of cancer patients evaluating the quality of end-of-life care in Japan. Setting/Subjects: We investigated 702 family members of cancer patients who died at home. Measurements: The QOD was evaluated from nine core domains of the short version of the Good Death Inventory (GDI). We measured five factors on a Likert scale, including patient and family trust in HCPs, continuity of care by home hospice and hospital physicians, and coordination of care among home hospice staff. Results: A total of 538 responses (77%) were obtained and 486 responses were analyzed. Trust in HCPs was correlated with the GDI score (r = 0.300-0.387, p < 0.001). The quality of care coordination was associated with the GDI score (r = 0.242, p < 0.001). Conclusions: Trust of the patient and family in home hospice staff, as well as coordination of care among hospice staff, are associated with the QOD for cancer patients dying at home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1252-1259
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov

Keywords

  • continuity of care
  • coordination of care
  • home care
  • patients with advanced cancer
  • quality of death
  • trust in healthcare providers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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