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BACKGROUND Initiatives to improve end-of-life care are hampered by our nascent understanding of what quality care means to patients and their families. The primary purpose of this study was to describe what seriously ill patients in hospital and their family members consider to be the key elements of quality end-of-life care. METHODS After deriving a list(More)
BACKGROUND To improve communication and decision making related to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a greater understanding of the perspectives of hospitalized patients with advanced diseases and their family members are needed. METHODS In five Canadian hospitals, we administered a face-to-face questionnaire to older inpatients with end-stage cancer(More)
Understanding patients' and family members' perspectives on the relative importance of elements of end-of-life (EOL) care and their satisfaction with those elements will help prioritize quality improvement initiatives. We administered a face-to-face questionnaire containing a selection of 28 elements of care to eligible inpatients with advanced lung, heart,(More)
BACKGROUND Seriously ill patients and their physicians often avoid discussing prognosis, which may compromise optimal end-of-life (EOL) care planning. The relation between prognosis discussion and patient and family satisfaction with EOL care is unknown. METHODS Using a 5-domain questionnaire, we surveyed inpatients with cancer or end-stage medical(More)
BACKGROUND Upper extremity injured workers are an under-studied population. A descriptive comparison of workers with shoulder, elbow and hand injuries reporting to a Canadian Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) clinic was undertaken. OBJECTIVE To determine if differences existed between injury groups stratified by current work status. METHODS(More)
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