Educating families about end-of-life care in advanced dementia: Acceptability of a Canadian family booklet to nurses from Canada, France, and Japan

M. Arcand, K. Brazil, M. Nakanishi, T. Nakashima, M. Alix, J.-F. Desson, R. Morello, L. Belzile, M. Beaulieu, C.M.P.M. Hertogh, J.T. Van Der Steen, F. Toscani

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Abstract

Background: The families of people with late-stage dementia need to be informed about the course of the dementia and the comfort/ palliative care option. A booklet was written for that purpose and can be provided to family members by physicians and nurses. Methods: The acceptability of the booklet for nurses was tested in Canada (French and English version), France (French Canadian version) and Japan (translated and adapted version). Results: Overall, 188 nurses completed a survey questionnaire. The booklet was accepted best in Canada and less so in France and Japan. Despite regional variation, the majority of the nurses perceived the booklet as useful for families. The French and Japanese nurses also reported a greater need for palliative care education in advanced dementia. Conclusion: The booklet may help nurses educate families about end-of-life issues in dementia palliative care, but local adaptation of the booklet content and physician engagement are necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2013

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