Death in the nursing home - the patient's wishes and the physician's role

Death in the nursing home - the patient's wishes and the physician's role

This was Anette Fosses Ph.D. project. Supervisors were Margrethe Aase Schaufel, Sabine Ruths and Kirsti Malterud. Anette Fosse defended her theses at the University of Bergen 14.06.18. The thesis can be downloaded here Nursing homes are the main setting for dying in Norway. How can doctors contribute to quality of end of life care in nursing homes for patients and families? Three sub-studies shed light on the following issues: Patients’ and families’ experiences and expectationsNursing homes as learning arena for new doctorsConditions for end-of-life care in in nursing homes in Norway and the NetherlandsThe patient's wishesWe conducted a meta-analysis of qualitative research on patients' and relatives' experiences and expectations. Death can be safe and dignified if doctors provide expert guidance and are aware of the preferences of the patient and family. One paper is published.Nursing homes as learning arena We carried out 3 focus group interviews with interns in nursing homes to explore their learning experiences and challenges in the face of death. Such knowledge can help develop nursing homes as a venue to empower medical graduates in performing high quality end-of-life care. One paper is published. Conditions for medical end-of-life care in nursing homes In collaboration with the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, we have performed an anonymous, descriptive, comparative, electronic survey among nurdin home doctors in Norway and The Netherlands. We explored nursing home physicians’ perceptions of organizational, educational, financial, legal and personal prerequisites for quality end-of-life care. One paper is submitted. Overall, the ph.d project provided new insights into how nursing home doctors can enhance the quality of end-of-life care, based on the expectations from patients and their families. Updated: 21.09.2018

Project facts


Death in the nursing home - the patient's wishes and the physician's role



01.06.12 - 30.06.18


Allmennmedisinsk forskningsfond

Project members

Anette Fosse
Kirsti Malterud
Sabine Ruths