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Factors Related to Family Caregivers’ Readiness for the Hospital Discharge of Advanced Cancer Patients

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Department of Nursing, Mackay Memorial Hospital Tamsui Branch, New Taipei City 25160, Taiwan
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Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei 11221, Taiwan
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Division of Radiotherapy, Cheng Hsin General Hospital, Taipei 11220, Taiwan
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School of Medicine, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei 11221, Taiwan
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Department of Health Care Management, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei 11219, Taiwan
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Department of Nursing, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taipei 11219, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: María Dolores Guerra-Martín and Álvaro Borrallo-Riego
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 8097; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138097
Received: 2 June 2022 / Revised: 28 June 2022 / Accepted: 29 June 2022 / Published: 1 July 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Role of Cancer Caregivers and Health Promotion)
Background: Many family caregivers of advanced cancer patients worry about being unable to provide in-home care and delay the discharge. Little is known about the influencing factors of discharge readiness. Methods: This study aimed to investigate the influencing factors of family caregivers’ readiness, used a cross-sectional survey, and enrolled 123 sets of advanced cancer patients and family caregivers using convenience sampling from four oncology wards in a medical centre in northern Taiwan. A self-developed five-point Likert questionnaire, the “Discharge Care Assessment Scale”, surveyed the family caregivers’ difficulties with providing in-home care. Results: The study showed that the discharge readiness of family caregivers affects whether patients can be discharged home. Moreover, the influencing factors of family caregivers’ discharge readiness were the patient’s physical activity performance status and expressed discharge willingness; the presence of someone to assist family caregivers with in-home care; and the difficulties of in-home care. The best prediction model accuracy was78.0%, and the Nagelkerke R2 was 0.52. Conclusion: Discharge planning should start at the point of admission data collection, with the influencing factors of family caregivers’ discharge readiness. It is essential to help patients increase the likelihood of being discharged home. View Full-Text
Keywords: caregivers; home care services; hospitalisation; patient discharge; palliative care caregivers; home care services; hospitalisation; patient discharge; palliative care
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Huang, R.-Y.; Lee, T.-T.; Lin, Y.-H.; Liu, C.-Y.; Wu, H.-C.; Huang, S.-H. Factors Related to Family Caregivers’ Readiness for the Hospital Discharge of Advanced Cancer Patients. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 8097. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138097

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Huang R-Y, Lee T-T, Lin Y-H, Liu C-Y, Wu H-C, Huang S-H. Factors Related to Family Caregivers’ Readiness for the Hospital Discharge of Advanced Cancer Patients. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):8097. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138097

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Huang, Ru-Yu, Ting-Ting Lee, Yi-Hsien Lin, Chieh-Yu Liu, Hsiu-Chun Wu, and Shu-He Huang. 2022. "Factors Related to Family Caregivers’ Readiness for the Hospital Discharge of Advanced Cancer Patients" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 8097. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138097

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