The experiences of family members in the nursing home to hospital transfer decision

Kathleen Abrahamson, Brittany Bernard, Lara Magnabosco, Arif Nazir, Kathleen T. Unroe

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Abstract

Background: The objective of this study was to better understand the experiences of family members in the nursing home to hospital transfer decision making process. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 family members who had recently been involved in a nursing home to hospital transfer decision. Results: Family members perceived themselves to play an advocacy role in their resident's care and interview themes clustered within three over-arching categories: Family perception of the nursing home's capacity to provide medical care: Resident and family choices; and issues at 'hand-off' and the hospital. Multiple sub-themes were also identified. Conclusions: Findings from this study contribute to knowledge surrounding the nursing home transfer decision by illuminating the experiences of family members in the transfer decision process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2016

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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