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Launch of VOICES MaJam - Largest Survey of Bereaved Relatives Report on End-Of-Life Care in Acute Hospitals in Ireland

The TCPHI are part of the research team which undertook the largest survey of bereaved relatives on end-of-life care in acute hospitals in Ireland. On 15th June 2017, The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) and St. James’s Hospital, in conjunction with their academic partners; School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD and School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD launched the report.

The purpose of the VOICES MaJam project was to evaluate, from the perspective of the bereaved relatives, the quality of end-of-life care provided in two acute hospital settings in order to support a process of continuous improvement in the care of persons, including their families, at this time.
In total, 356 relatives participated in the VOICES MaJam survey, with findings outlining what is important in the provision of quality end-of-life care in acute hospitals.  

At the launch, a presentation was given by Diarmuid Ó Coimín and Bettina Korn on behalf of the research team, which was followed by a brief presentation from the Ombudsman and Information Commissioner for Ireland, Peter Tyndall.

The results and recommendations from the Voices MaJam report aim to inform healthcare professionals and policy makers as to how they can improve the quality of end-of-life care within the hospitals and other healthcare settings. Despite a high rating in terms of quality in end-of-life care, both acute hospitals have a requirement to continually monitor and improve this service. The report recommends what is important in the provision of high quality end-of-life care in acute hospitals and outlines the key elements of quality end-of-life care.

For a quick glance at key findings and recommendations click here

For a full copy of the report see www.mater.ie/services/end-of-life-care/Survey-of-bereaved-family-members.pdf