The experiences of family members in the nursing home to hospital transfer decision

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Background: The objective of this study was to better understand the experiences of family members in the nursing home to hospital transfer decision making process. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 family members who had recently been involved in a nursing home to hospital transfer decision.Results: Family members perceived themselves to play an advocacy role in their resident's care and interview themes clustered within three over-arching categories: Family perception of the nursing home's capacity to provide medical care: Resident and family choices; and issues at 'hand-off' and the hospital. Multiple sub-themes were also identified.Conclusions: Findings from this study contribute to knowledge surrounding the nursing home transfer decision by illuminating the experiences of family members in the transfer decision process.

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Abrahamson, K., Bernard, B., Magnabosco, L., Nazir, A., & Unroe, K. T. (2016). The experiences of family members in the nursing home to hospital transfer decision. BMC Geriatrics, 16(1), 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-016-0359-2

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