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Palliative Care Research
Vol. 11 (2016) No. 4 p. 254-264

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http://doi.org/10.2512/jspm.11.254

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Periodic evaluation of end-of- life (EOL) palliative care is important to maintain and improve quality of EOL palliative care. We conducted a cross-sectional, anonymous, self-report questionnaire survey for bereaved family members of cancer patients in 2010. This was the second time nationwide survey. This study aimed to evaluate EOL cancer care from the perspective of bereaved family members in nationwide general hospitals, inpatient palliative care units (PCUs), and home hospices in Japan and to explore whether there is any change of quality of palliative care over the last nationwide survey conducted in 2007. Among member facilities of Hospice Palliative Care Japan, 25 general hospitals, 103 PCUs, 14 clinics participated in this study and 7797 bereaved family members answered the questionnaire. Overall, bereaved family members were satisfied with EOL care in all places of death, as in the last survey. Although results indicated that coordination of care and physical care of nurse were warranted to improve in general hospitals, drawback of PCUs were availability and the potential deficits of clinics were the environment. Through the years, there is no clinically significant change from the last survey. We should continue to make efforts to evaluate and monitor palliative care in Japan for quality control.

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