Aim: To explore the unclear association between temporary discharge home from the palliative care unit and achievement of good death, in the background of increases in discharge from the palliative care unit. Association between experiences and circumstances of patient and family and duration of temporary discharge was also examined. Methods: This study was a secondary analysis of data from a nationwide post-bereavement survey. Results: Among 571 patients, 16% experienced temporary discharge home from the palliative care unit. The total good death inventory score (p <.05) and sum of 10 core attributes (p <.05) were significantly higher in the temporarily discharged and stayed home ≥2 weeks group. Among all attributes, “Independent in daily activities” (p <.001) was significantly better in the temporarily discharged and stayed home ≥2 weeks group. Regarding the experience and circumstance of patient and family, improvement of patient's appetite (p <.05), and sleep (p <.05) and peacefulness (p <.05) of family caregivers, compared to the patient being hospitalized, were associated with longer stay at home after discharge. Conclusions: Patient's achievement of good death was better in the temporarily discharged and stayed home longer group, but this seemed to be affected by high levels of independence of the patient. Temporary discharge from the palliative care unit and staying home longer was associated with improvement of appetite of patients and better sleep and mental health status of family caregivers. Discharging home from palliative care unit is worth being considered even if it is temporary.
|Journal||Japan Journal of Nursing Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2022 Jul|
- palliative care
- patient discharge
- quality of life
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Research and Theory