Recognition by family members that relatives with neurodegenerative disease are likely to die within a year : a meta-ethnography
Hubbard, G., McLachlan, K., Forbat, Liz and Munday, Dan. (2012) Recognition by family members that relatives with neurodegenerative disease are likely to die within a year : a meta-ethnography. Palliative Medicine, Vol.26 (No.2). pp. 108-122. ISSN 0269-2163Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269216311402712
Objective: To synthesize evidence of family members recognizing that their relative is likely to die within the year, and identifying the need for palliative care.
Design: A meta-ethnography of studies of family members in multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and motor neuron disease (MND).
Review methods: Systematic search in electronic databases; thematic synthesis guided by the principles of meta-ethnography, which is a method for thematic synthesis of qualitative studies.
Results: Nine articles were included. The results of the synthesis identified two key themes. First, family members are intimately aware of changes in their relative’s health and well-being. Sub-themes include family member awareness of different and progressive stages of the disease, noticing deterioration, noticing decline in functional abilities and recognizing that their relative will die. The second key theme is dilemmas of being involved in prognostication. Sub-themes include family member ambivalence toward hearing about prognostication, health professionals not being knowledgeable of the disease and family reluctance to receive palliative care.
Conclusions: Family members monitor and recognize changes in their relative with PD, MND and MS and in themselves. Thus, drawing on the expertise of family members may be a useful tool for prognostication.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Nervous system -- Degeneration, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- Prognosis, Multiple sclerosis -- Prognosis, Parkinson's disease -- Prognosis, Palliative treatment, Families of the terminally ill, Qualitative research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Palliative Medicine|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||March 2012|
|Page Range:||pp. 108-122|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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|Funder:||Lanarkshire Health Board|
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