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|Title:||THE PALLIATIVE AND THERAPEUTIC HARMONIZATION (PATH) PROGRAM IN THE LONG TERM CARE HOME SETTING|
|Keywords:||advance care planning;long-term care home|
|Abstract:||The Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization (PATH) program was designed to help frail older adults and their family members prepare for and make medical decisions, in the context of frailty and dementia. This sandwich thesis includes three manuscripts that present the findings from a mixed methods study exploring the implementation and outcomes of the PATH program, in three long-term care (LTC) home settings. The purpose of the first sub study was to describe both the perceived need for the PATH program, and initial reactions following its training and implementation. Quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews with bereaved family members showed that prior to implementation, they were mostly satisfied with their relatives’ end-of-life care. Through qualitative interviews, clinical leaders shared a positive impression of the training and PATH principles. They also explained how the PATH program could help them improve palliative and end-of-life care planning and communication with residents and families. In the second sub study, qualitative interviews were conducted with family members to learn about their experiences with and perceived outcomes from the PATH program. All family members had a positive experience. They shared perceived outcomes such as, opportunities to share and learn about their relative’s health status and trajectory, creating a mutual understanding of directions for care, and receiving support and reassurance for health care decision making. Finally, the purpose of the third sub study was to describe both the perceived outcomes of the staff who implemented the PATH program, and differences in documenting residents’ advance care plans and discussions. Staff described both personal and practice related outcomes. In addition, documentation around advance care planning changed with the program’s implementation. Overall, the PATH program offered frail older adults, their family members and their professional caregivers an opportunity to communicate about and prepare to make decisions for palliative and end-of-life care.|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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