Family Members' Perceptions of the Quality of Long-Term Care

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The aim of the study is to assess family members' perceptions of the quality of nursing care of older people and its relationships between demographic factors and family involvement. Data were gathered from family members of four residential homes (N = 474) using structured questionnaires. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation, and predictive analyses. The results imply that family members' perceptions of quality were fairly positive. Age, educational background, and the frequency of visits on the ward were related with the quality perception. The association between quality perceptions and family involvement in care proved to be strong. The information and support from the staff and possibilities to participate in decision making were associated with high-quality ratings. The results demonstrate the need for formulating ward policies and training the nursing staff to allow increased family involvement and to support it in an appropriate way.

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