Using the LCP: bereaved relatives' assessments of communication and bereavement

Laetitia Veerbeek, Agnes van der Heide, Elsbeth de Vogel-Voogt, René de Bakker, Carin C D van der Rijt, Siebe J Swart, Paul J van der Maas, Lia van Zuylen

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The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is aimed at improving care and communication in the dying phase. The authors studied whether use of the LCP affects relatives' retrospective evaluation of communication and their level of bereavement. An intervention study was conducted. During the baseline period, usual care was provided to dying patients. During the intervention period, the LCP was used for 79% of the patients. In total, bereaved relatives filled in a questionnaire for 57% of the patients, on average 4 months after death. In the intervention period, relatives had lower bereavement levels when compared with relatives in the baseline period (P = .01). Communication was evaluated similarly for both periods. We conclude that LCP use during the dying phase seems to moderately contribute to lower levels of bereavement in relatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-14
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of hospice & palliative medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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