To study the process of care of dying patients in general hospitals.
Design-Non-participant observer (MM) carried out regular periods of continuous comprehensive observation in wards where there were dying patients, recording the quantity and quality of care given.
Observations were made in 1983.
Setting-13 wards (six surgical, six medical, and one specialist unit) in four large teaching hospitals (bed capacity 504-796) in west of Scotland.
Subjects50 dying patients (29 female, 21 male) with mean age of 66 (range 40-89) ; 29 were dying from cancer and 21 from non-malignant disease.
Reults-Final period of hospitalisation ranged from 6 hours to 24 week.
More than half of all patients retained consciousness until shortly before death.
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Soin, Hôpital, Mourant
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Care, Hospital
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0700994
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 09/06/1995.