Evid Based Nurs 15:21-22 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100149
  • Care of the older person
  • Mixed methods study

End-of-life care in two Norwegian nursing homes: family perspectives

  1. Bridget M Johnston
  1. School of Nursing, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  1. Correspondence to Bridget M Johnston
    School of Nursing, University of Dundee, 11 Airlie Place, Dundee DD1 4HJ, Dundee, UK; b.johnston{at}

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Implications for practice and research nursing practice

  • ‘Good care’ and a good death as far as relatives of care home residents are concerned includes taking care of the family; being treated with dignity and respect; attention to detail in terms of physical care as well as good symptom control.

  • Excellent communication from the nurse is of great importance to families.

  • Patients dying alone at night caused the most distress. There was also room for improvement concerning mouth care.

  • Further research is needed from the older care home residents' viewpoint about what constitutes a good death and …

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