Appropriate and inappropriate care in the last phase of life: an explorative study among patients and relatives

BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:655
Authors: Eva Elizabeth Bolt, H Roeline Willemijn Pasman, Dick Willems, Bregje Dorien Onwuteaka-Philipsen
“Many people are in need of care in the last phase of life. However, the care they receive is not always appropriate. For instance, people can receive overly aggressive treatment or can have limited access to palliative care. The term appropriate care is often used by policy makers, while it is unclear what care recipients consider as appropriate care. This study aims to identify what care patients and relatives perceive as appropriate and as inappropriate in the last phase of life, for patients suffering from different conditions.”
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