An evaluation of the implementation of a programme to improve end-of-life care in nursing homes

Frances Badger, Collette Clifford, Alistair Hewison, K Thomas

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Abstract

The Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes programme aims to improve the quality of end-of-life care for residents. The impact of introducing phase 2 of the programme to homes in England was evaluated. A pre-post survey design was adopted, focusing on indicators identified as markers of good end-of-life care. The 95 homes in phase 2 of the programme were invited to participate in the evaluation. Homes completed a baseline survey of care provision and an audit of the five most recent resident deaths. The survey and audit were repeated post programme completion. Forty-nine homes returned completed pre- and post-surveys, 44 returned pre- and post-data on deaths. Although some staff found completion of the programme challenging, homes that returned pre- and post-data demonstrated improvements in aspects of end-of-life care. There were statistically significant increases in the proportion of residents who died in the care homes and those who had an advanced care plan. Crisis admissions to hospital were significantly reduced. This evaluation indicates that appropriately funded structured programmes have the potential to assist nursing homes improve the provision of end-of-life care to older adults, in line with government health policy. Palliative Medicine (2009); 23: 502-511
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-511
Number of pages10
JournalPalliative Medicine
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009

Keywords

  • end-of-life care
  • survey
  • older people
  • nursing homes

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