Impact of a clinical pathway on end-of-life care following stroke: A mixed methods study

Conclusion: Distressing stroke-related clinical problems dominated relatives’ concerns rather than use of the end-of-life care pathway. At times, relatives felt primarily responsible for key aspects of decision-making. Relatives often felt unprepared for a prolonged dying process after stroke, particularly where patients had persistent major swallowing difficulties.

via Impact of a clinical pathway on end-of-life care following stroke: A mixed methods study.

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