Quality of Dying in a New Zealand Teaching Hospital

Glasgow, J. L. and McLennan, Stuart and High, K. J. and Celi, Leo Anthony. (2008) Quality of Dying in a New Zealand Teaching Hospital. BMJ Quality and Safety, 17 (4). pp. 244-248.

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Objective: Studies suggest that there is a need to improve the way we deliver care at the end of life. Based on recommendations from end-of-life experts, metrics were identified to measure the quality of dying in Dunedin Hospital. Design: A retrospective observational study was performed to assess the care provided to patients who died in the hospital in 2003. Setting: Dunedin Hospital is a 350-bed tertiary care teaching hospital located in the South Island of New Zealand. Subjects and method: Medical records of 200 consecutive decedents were reviewed to evaluate communication, interventions, and symptom control during their terminal hospitalisation. Results: Mean hospital length-of-stay was 8 days; 38 patients (19%) died following an ICU admission. There was documentation of end-of-life discussion with either the patient or the family in 164 patients (82%). 74% had a DNR order. Pain status was documented in 140 patients (70%); 134 of these patients were pain-free. Conclusion: Overall, the results suggest that the ideals in end-of-life care pertaining to pain control, communication and avoidance of unnecessary interventions were achieved in a majority of the decedents during the study period. The socialised healthcare system, the availability of resources, societal expectations and a lack of a litigious environment are theorised to positively influence end-oflife care delivery in New Zealand.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik
UniBasel Contributors:Mc Lennan, Stuart Roger
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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