Attributes of a “good death”

Six themes were identified as attributes of a good death in which care providers had a key role: 1) social engagement and connection to identity; 2) care provider characteristics and actions 3) carer’s confidence and ability to care; 4) preparation and awareness of death; 5) presentation of the patient at death; and, 6) support after death for protected grieving. Care providers played a much wider role in social aspects of care at the end of life than previously considered.

Reference:  ‘Bereaved carers’ accounts of the end of life and the role of care providers in a “good death”: A qualitative study.’  Published online: Palliative Medicine May 5, 2015

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