The quality of terminal care in residential and nursing homes

Komaromy, Carol; Sidell, Moyra and Katz, Jeanne (2000). The quality of terminal care in residential and nursing homes. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 6(4) pp. 192–204.




This article presents some of the findings from a large national multi-method study on the management of death and dying in residential and nursing homes for older people. The study included all types of registered homes and interviews were conducted with staff, residents and visitors to the homes. Stage 1 used a survey questionnaire to provide background demographic data. Stages 2 and 3 included 100 interviews with the heads of homes and 12 case studies. Particular consideration was given to internal and external influences on care provision in the interviews and observations were made in the case study homes. Clearly, home staff are committed to the provision of good quality terminal care for residents. This article focuses on some of the reasons why that commitment is difficult to translate into practice.

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