Cancer patients who prefer to die at home. Characterizations of municipalities with several or few occurrences of home deaths

TitleCancer patients who prefer to die at home. Characterizations of municipalities with several or few occurrences of home deaths
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsSorbye L.W
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Volume13
Issue2
Pagination102-8
Type of ArticleResearch Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
ISBN Number0283-9318
Accession Number10633740
Keywords*Choice Behavior, *Death, *Home Care Services, *Neoplasms/px [Psychology], *Patient Satisfaction, *Terminal Care/px [Psychology], Home Care Services/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data], Humans, Neoplasms/mo [Mortality], Neoplasms/nu [Nursing], Norway/ep [Epidemiology], Nursing Methodology Research, Terminal Care/mt [Methods], Terminal Care/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data]
Abstract

This article presents a descriptive study based on quantitative and qualitative methods. We wished to determine factors that promote or restrict home deaths. The Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics released non-identifiable data for the time period 1990-1994 for all municipalities in Norway. Relevant health and social data from the Norwegian Social Science Data Service for the 24 municipalities, which had more than 20% or less than 10% of the cancer patients dying in their own homes, were analysed. Key persons in the home care teams were interviewed. There were few occurrences of home deaths in municipalities with a local hospital, good capacity in nursing homes or a larger percentage of one-person households. Indicators for several occurrences of home deaths were openness, good co-operation with physicians, and a stable, flexible staff. In addition, the patient had to have a strong desire to die at home. Finally, the employees had to be professionally confident and willing to go beyond the prescribed shift hours.

URLhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10633740
Short TitleScand J Caring SciScand J Caring Sci
Alternate JournalScand J Caring Sci