Using the LCP: Bereaved relatives' assessments of communication and bereavement

L (Laetitia) Veerbeek, Agnes van der Heide, Elsbeth Voogt, Roel Bakker, Karin van der Rijt, Siebe Swart, Paul Maas, Lia Zuylen

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Abstract

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is aimed at improving care and communication in the dying phase. The authors Studied whether use of the LCP affects relatives retrospective evaluation of communication and their level of bereavement. An intervention study Was conducted. During the baseline period, usual care was provided to dying patients. During the intervention period, the LCP Was used for 79% of the patients. In total, bereaved relatives filled in a questionnaire I, or 57% of the patients, on average 4 months after death. In the intervention period, relatives had lower bereavement levels when compared with relatives in the baseline period (P = .01). Communication was evaluated similarly for both periods. We conclude that LCP use during the dying phase seems to moderately contribute to lower levels of bereavement in relatives.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)207-214
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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