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)
Article number184
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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