Effectiveness of Home-based End-of-life Care

Mansoor, Mohamed, Hebatalla, Abdelaal and Hill, James Edward orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1430-6927 (2023) Effectiveness of Home-based End-of-life Care. British Journal of Community Nursing, 28 (5). ISSN 1462-4753

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When a person has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has less than six months to live, and curative treatments are no longer effective, end-of-life care or hospice care may be initiated. Studies suggest that approximately seven million people a year are given this type of care, which strives to reduce suffering and improve quality of life for patients and their families by providing comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support. Surveys show that most individuals would prefer to receive this care at home when given the option. However, there are still some uncertainties regarding the effects of end‐of‐life care at home on a range of important patient outcomes. As a result, a Cochrane review was conducted/updated to study the effects of receiving end-of-life care at home, looking at these outcomes. The aim of this commentary is to critically appraise this Cochrane review and expand upon the findings of the review in context to practice.

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