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Home Healthcare Now - Featured Journal

August 2014, Volume 32 Number 7 , p 396 - 401

Authors

  • Susanna B. Edwards PhD, RN
  • Effie Galanis MSW, RSW
  • Kay McGarvey RN, CCHN(c)
  • Catherine Prestwich BScN, RN, CHPCN(c)
  • Sheila Ritcey PhD, PT, BSc
  • Karina Wulf BScN, RN, ACRN, CHPCN(c)

Abstract

Patients who choose care in a home setting at the end of life may be at risk because of their declining cognitive or physical abilities, environmental hazards in the home, or caregiving issues. Although safety concerns in hospitals have been well documented, knowledge about safety issues in the home setting is limited. This qualitative, focused-ethnographic study was conducted to understand the safety issues that occur in the home setting from the perspective of home care clinicians who manage these issues for end-of-life patients.

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