Luann M Eidsness

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to explore end-of-life (EOL) experiences of South Dakotans who had experienced the death of a loved one in the last 5 years. METHODS A mail questionnaire generated a return of 893 people interested in sharing their experiences about the death of a loved one in the last 5 years. From those respondents, 35 people were(More)
A community survey of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was conducted in 2004 to understand knowledge, attitudes, and preferences about end-of-life (EOL) care and to generate conversations about these topics. Questionnaires were sent to 5,000 randomly selected households, with a return of 1,042 (21%). Most respondents said preparation for EOL is very important, yet(More)
Concerns about pain management in South Dakota generated survey research in 2001. Knowledge of and attitudes toward pain management were assessed through a survey of health care professionals, and standards of practice and education efforts in the area of pain management were evaluated by a questionnaire sent to South Dakota health care facilities. Results(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this research is to explore changes in end-of-life (EOL) attitudes and actions among Sioux Falls, South Dakota, residents between August 2004 and August 2005. METHODS Questionnaires were sent to 5000 randomly selected Sioux Falls households (2004) and to 10,000 South Dakota households (2005), where a subset from the city(More)
Circa 2001, Aunt Abby had reached her seventh decade when she was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Chances of cure were slim to nil, and true to her Midwestern upbringing and staunch faith that a better world awaits, Aunt Abby chose to live out her last months at home, "doing" for Uncle Bill, as she had for the last fifty-two years. Uncle Bill and(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a baseline understanding of attitudes, advance planning, knowledge, and preferences about end-of-life (EOL) care among community-dwelling South Dakotans. METHODS Surveys were sent to 10,204 randomly selected households in South Dakota in August 2005, resulting in a 24.8% return rate (N = 2533). Data were entered into the computer for(More)