TITLE

Family satisfaction with inpatient palliative care in Japan

AUTHOR(S)
Morita, T; Chihara, S; Kashiwagi, T
PUB. DATE
May 2002
SOURCE
Palliative Medicine;May2002, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p185
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Whereas satisfaction is one of the most important outcomes in palliative care settings, there have been no systematic studies investigating the effects of family- and organization-related variables on family satisfaction with care. To clarify factors contributing to family satisfaction with inpatient palliative care services, a cross-sectional mailed survey was performed. A 60-item questionnaire was mailed to 1026 bereaved subjects who had lost family members at one of 37 palliative care units in Japan to evaluate their sociodemographic characteristics and satisfaction levels with care. An institution survey was performed to collect organization-related variables. Caregiver satisfaction was rated on the Satisfaction scale for Family members receiving Inpatient Palliative Care (Sat-Fam-IPC). A total of 640 responses were analysed (response rate=62%). The responses to overall satisfaction were 'satisfied' in 41% and 'very satisfied' in 47%. The mean total score of the Sat-Fam-IPC was 82.4±13.2 on the 0-100 scale. The mean subscale scores were: 85.8±14.5 (Nursing Care), 81.5±18.4 (Symptom Palliation), 85.0±13.8 (Facility), 83.3±16.6 (Information), 83.1±17.3 (Availability), 78.3±18.9 (Family Care), and 79.8±17.3 (Cost). Significant determinants of family satisfaction identified were: nursing system, the number of nurses at night and presence of attending medical social workers (Nursing Care), patient age and the number of physicians (Symptom Palliation), floor space per bed (Facility), duration of admission and presence of attending medical social workers (Availability), patient age, family age, gender and occupational status (Family Care), patient age and the extra charge for a private room (Cost). In conclusion, informal caregivers are generally satisfied with inpatient palliative care services provided by members of the Japanese Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Units. The levels of satisfaction are influenced by various family- and organization-related variables.
ACCESSION #
6747056

 

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