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Qualitative study—other
Nursing home staff should ensure that advance treatment decisions are discussed with residents and relatives
  1. Lori Rietze
  1. Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Lori Rietze, Laurentian University, School of Nursing, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON Canada, P3E2C6; lrietze{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Organisational policies for advance treatment decisions should be established.

  • It is important to engage in advance treatment discussions within nursing homes.

  • Communication arenas should be explored to promote advance treatment discussions.

  • Study findings should be tested in other countries.


The aim of this paper was to study the views of cognitively able Norwegian nursing home residents and relatives relating to advance care planning (ACP), end-of-life care and decision-making. The authors identify that nursing homes are settings in which a large majority of residents are cognitively impaired and many people receive …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.