What Bereavement Follow-Up Does Family Members Request in Japanese Palliative Care Units? A Qualitative Study

Rieko Muta, Makiko Sanjo, Mitsunori Miyashita, Rieko Wakabayashi, Etsuko Ando, Tatsuya Morita, Satoru Tsuneto, Yasuo Shima

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Abstract

Background: There is no standardized method by which bereavement care is offered by hospice/palliative care units (PCUs) in Japan. Aim: To evaluate bereavement services provided by hospice/PCUs and clarify demands for bereavement care. Design: Qualitative design based on semistructured interviews and content analysis. Setting/participants: Forty-four bereaved family members of patients with cancer who died in 9 PCUs in 4 regions. Results: Memorial services were positively evaluated for the following variables: reunion and interaction with staff; the service's relaxed atmosphere; staff attentiveness; suitable location; suitable timing; program content; and interaction with other bereaved families. Memorial cards were positively evaluated regarding the level of concern shown by the staff and the personalized card. Respondents indicated their desire for a care system, a bereaved family care program, and information services

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug

Keywords

  • Japan
  • bereaved families
  • bereavement
  • memorial service
  • palliative care
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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