The aim of this study was to clarify patients' characteristics and the level of symptom management in the transition to specialized home palliative care, and to examine prospectively real-time evaluation of both terminal cancer patients and their families. This study was conducted at one of the largest institutions offering specialized home palliative care in Japan. We asked both the patient's and the family's health status at the initial assessment and 2 weeks later. One hundred sets of patients and their families were included in this study. Regarding patient characteristics at the time of referral to the specialized home palliative care service, patients referred from outpatient settings had more severe physical symptoms than patients referred from inpatient settings. The specialized home palliative care service could contribute to patients' symptom and families' psychosocial status.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Jun|
- Palliative care
- Prospective study
- Terminally ill