Document Type

Final Project

Graduation Date

Fall 12-17-2021

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

First Advisor

Lynne Buchanan


It is estimated that 70% of Americans would prefer to die at home, but less than one-quarter do so. Patients near the end of life often face several barriers that prevent them from successfully transitioning from an acute care setting to their preferred place of death. These barriers include but are not limited to a lack of trust between facilities and community care providers, ineffective communication, delayed discharge planning, difficulty accessing medications and supplies, lack of control, feelings of uncertainty, and feelings of burden. This study utilized a survey of 102 medical records of patients who died in the hospital to identify barriers experienced by end-of-life patients in one Midwestern acute care hospital

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Nursing Commons