Objective:Comparing characteristics of a favorable sedation course during palliative sedation to a less favorable course based on the reports Dutch physicians and nurses.Results:Cases identified as having a favorable sedation course less often concerned a male patient (P = .019 nurses' cases), reached the intended sedation depth significantly quicker (P < .05 both nurses and physicians' cases), reached a deeper level of sedation (P = .015 physicians' cases), and had a shorter total duration of sedation compared (P < .001 physicians' cases) to patients with a less favorable sedation course.Conclusions:A favorable course during palliative sedation seems more probable when health care professionals report on a (relatively) shorter time to reach the required depth of sedation and when a deeper level of sedation can be obtained.

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doi.org/10.1177/1049909113512411, hdl.handle.net/1765/87390
The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
Department of Public Health

Brinkkemper, T., Rietjens, J., Deliens, L., Ribbe, M., Swart, S., Loer, S., … Perez, R. (2015). A Favorable Course of Palliative Sedation: Searching for Indicators Using Caregivers’ Perspectives. The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 32(2), 129–136. doi:10.1177/1049909113512411