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Supporting carers to enhance patient discharge – Marie Curie

What did we do?
The Marie Curie patient discharge project supports family carers to enable patient discharge from acute care at end-of-life by adapting an evidence-based carer assessment to acute care settings.

Why is it important?
Evidence shows that family carers are the main factor in enabling death at home and the odds of discharging patients from hospital to die at home are reduced five-fold if carers are reluctant to support discharge. However, such reluctance may often stem from a lack of preparation and information. Carers form a crucial component in the success of discharge as well as preventing re-admission to hospital.

How did we do it?

  • Investigated the content, timing and format of support that’s required by family carers at patient discharge from acute care at end-of-life;
  • Used findings to adapt an evidence-based carer support needs assessment tool to the acute care setting and integrated it into a plan of care to facilitate timely and appropriate patient discharge.


Who did we work with?

Marie Curie


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More information
For more information please contact Michael Spence (Programme Manager)