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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 33

of 'Palliative care: Nursing home'

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Family satisfaction with care provided by nurse practitioners to nursing home residents with dementia at the end of life.
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Liu LM, Guarino AJ, Lopez RP
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Clin Nurs Res. 2012;21(3):350.
 
The purpose of this study was to examine family satisfaction with care provided by nurse practitioners (NP) to nursing home (NH) residents with dementia. A survey was mailed to 239 family members of nursing home residents who died with dementia. One open-ended question was added to provide comment about the care provided by the NP. A total of 131 surveys were returned (response rate 55%). The study revealed that 98% of family members agreed that they were satisfied with the end-of-life care provided by the NP. Survey responses were used to analyze the associations of communication, comfort, and satisfaction with NPs to total satisfaction with end-of-life care. Pearson's correlations demonstrated that overall satisfaction was significantly associated with NP-family communication, resident comfort, and satisfaction with NP care. Findings suggested that NPs using a model of care that emphasizes advance care planning, communication, and comfort results in high satisfaction of family members.
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United Healthcare, Waltham, MA 02451, USA. linda_m_liu@uhc.com
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