Doctors’ and nurses’ views and experience of transferring patients from critical care home to die: A qualitative exploratory study

Coombs, M. et al. Doctors’ and nurses’ views and experience of transferring patients from critical care home to die. Palliative Medicine Online – 17 December 2014


The practice of transferring critically ill patients home to die is a rare event in the U.K., despite the positive view of health care professionals. Challenges to service provision include patient care needs, uncertain time to death, and the view that transfer to community services is a complex, highly time-dependent undertaking.

While there is evidence of this choice being honoured and delivered for some of the critical care population, it remains debatable whether this will become a conventional practice in end of life in this setting.

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