Palliative care physicians ’ experiences of end‐of‐life communication: A focus group study

The aim of this study was to explore palliative home care physicians’ experiences regarding end‐of‐life breakpoint communication (BPC). This is a qualitative study where focus group interviews were conducted and analysed using qualitative content analysis. The results show that the participants saw themselves as being responsible for accomplishing BPC, and they were convinced that it should be regarded as a process of communication initiated at an early stage, i.e. proactively. However, BPC was often conducted as a reaction to the patient’s sudden deterioration or sometimes not at all. The barriers to achieving proactive BPC included physicians’ uncertainty regarding the timing of BPC, primarily due to difficulties in prognostication in terms of time of death, and uncertainty as to…

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Palliative care physicians ’ experiences of end‐of‐life communication: A focus group study

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