Homecare at the end of life. A study of fifteen patients
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The study is a part of a research project on death in a sector of a large city, involved cooperation with the Franciscan Aid "home care team". The purpose was to study death in the home setting. Fifteen deaths were registered. Participant observation in the care of 14 patients were made - a total of 83 visits to homes, 2-15 visits per patient. In one case the author had contact with the relatives, after the death had occurred. Most of the patients had cancer. Their age varied from 28 to 80 years. The observations were recorded immediately after each visit. After the death of a patient a structured interview with the closest relatives and the nurse responsible were made. Their statements were used as a basis for formulating problems for the further study and the clarification of quantitative data. Results showed that the patients who chose to leave the hospital and remain at home often had negative experiences in hospital. All the patients in this study received good palliative treatment at home. All patients were also informed about their condition. One-third of the patients were readmitted to hospital during the final days.