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Inpatient transfer to a care home for end-of-life care: What are the views and experiences of patients and their relatives? A systematic review and narrative synthesis of the UK literature

Overview of attention for article published in Palliative Medicine, July 2016
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Title
Inpatient transfer to a care home for end-of-life care: What are the views and experiences of patients and their relatives? A systematic review and narrative synthesis of the UK literature
Published in
Palliative Medicine, July 2016
DOI 10.1177/0269216316648068
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Authors

Tabitha Thomas, Isla Kuhn, Stephen Barclay

Abstract

Transfers from hospital or 'hospice palliative care units' to care homes for end-of-life care are an increasingly common part of clinical practice but are a source of anxiety and distress for patients, relatives and healthcare professionals. To understand the experiences of patients discharged to care homes for end-of-life care. Systematic review and narrative synthesis of the UK literature concerning inpatient transfer from a hospital or hospice palliative care unit to a care home for end-of-life care. The published literature is very limited: only three papers and one conference abstract were identified, all of low quality using Gough's weight of evidence assessment. No papers examined transfer from hospital: all were of transfers from hospices and were retrospective case note reviews. Many patients were reported to have been negative or ambivalent about moving and experienced feelings of anxiety or abandonment when transferred. Relatives were often either vehemently opposed or ambivalent. Although some came to accept transfer, others reported the transfer to have seriously affected their loved one's quality of life and that the process of finding a care home had been traumatic. No studies investigated patients' views prospectively, the views of staff or the processes of decision-making. The UK literature is very limited, despite such transfers being an increasingly common part of clinical practice and a source of concern to patients, relatives and staff alike. Further research is urgently needed in this area, especially studies of patients themselves, in order to understand their experiences and views.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 61 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 13 21%
Researcher 8 13%
Student > Master 8 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 11%
Student > Postgraduate 3 5%
Other 16 26%
Unknown 6 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 25 41%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 16%
Psychology 5 8%
Social Sciences 3 5%
Unspecified 2 3%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 11 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 23. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 February 2018.
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#902,052
of 15,827,240 outputs
Outputs from Palliative Medicine
#432
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#21,908
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Outputs of similar age from Palliative Medicine
#13
of 23 outputs
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