Author Identifier

Rosemary Saunders

ORCID : 0000-0001-6213-4694

Karla Seaman

ORCID : 0000-0003-4611-9616

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Australian Health Review


CSIRO Publishing


School of Nursing and Midwifery




Edith Cowan University Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation Ron Woss Scholarship Western Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust


Saunders, R., Glass, C., Seaman, K., Gullick, K., Andrew, J., Wilkinson, A., & Davray, A. (2021). Clinical staff perceptions on the quality of end-of-life care in an Australian acute private hospital: A cross-sectional survey. Australian Health Review, 45(6), 771-777.


Objective: To explore the perceptions of clinical staff on the quality of end-of-life care in an acute private hospital. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study with a convenience sample of clinical staff in an acute private hospital were surveyed using a validated end-of-life survey. Data from the surveys were analysed using descriptive statistics for quantitative responses and inductive content analysis for the open-ended responses. Results: Overall, 133 staff completed the survey. Of these, 107 had cared for a dying patient in the hospital. In total, 87.6% of participants felt confident in their ability to recognise a dying patient and 66.7% felt confident in their ability to talk to the patient and family. Almost one-third had not received specific training in the area. Conclusions: Hospitals need to take the lead in ensuring end-of-life care processes are embedded across clinical areas. This includes providing staff with end-of-life care education and support in the delivery of end-of-life care. These strategies will facilitate safe and quality end-of-life care, including better collaboration between patients, families and staff.



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Research Themes


Priority Areas

Safety and quality in health care

Included in

Nursing Commons