A follow-up meeting post death is appreciated by family members of deceased patients

Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2014 Aug;58(7):891-6. doi: 10.1111/aas.12358. Epub 2014 Jul 1.


Background: A practice with a follow-up meeting post death (FUMPD) with physician and staff for family members of patients who died in the intensive care unit (ICU) was started as a quality project to improve the support of families in post-ICU bereavement. A quality improvement control was conducted after 4 years.

Method: The quality improvement control was made retrospectively as an anonymous non-coded questionnaire. Part A related to the FUMPD. Part B inquired if we could contact the family member again for a research project to evaluate family support post-ICU bereavement. The questionnaires were sent to 84 family members of 56 deceased patients.

Results: Part A: 46 out of 84 family members answered and had attended a FUMPD. Ninety-one percent of the family members thought that we should continue to offer FUMPD. Seventy-eight percent were satisfied with their meeting. Eighty percent felt that they understood the cause of death. The majority wanted the meeting to take place within 6 weeks of death. Ninety-one percent rated the physician as important to be present at the meeting. The social worker was rated more important to attend the meeting than the assistant nurse. Ninety-one percent wanted to discuss the cause of death.Part B: 54 out of 84 family members answered. Twenty out of 54 did not want us to contact them again.

Conclusion: A routine with a Follow-Up Meeting Post Death with the ICU team for the families of the patients who die in the ICU is appreciated. The presence of the physician is important.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Bereavement*
  • Cause of Death
  • Death*
  • Family* / psychology
  • Female
  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Male
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Patient Care Team
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Physicians
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Quality Improvement
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Social Work
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden