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caregivers, end-of-life care, grounded theory, nursing, palliative care, patient transfer



  1. Carrillo, Gloria Mabel RN, MSc, PhD
  2. Arias-Rojas, Mauricio RN, MSc, PhD(c)
  3. Carreno, Sonia Patricia RN, MSc, PhD
  4. Gomez, Olga Janeth RN, MSc, PhD
  5. Lopez, Rocio RN, CNS
  6. Cardenas, Diana Carolina RN, MSc


The hospital-to-home transition in palliative care is a vital process that requires continuity of care through the discharge process. However, little is known about the perceptions of patients with cancer and their family caregivers during this important palliative care transition in the Colombian health care context. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of the patient-family caregiver dyad in palliative care during the transition process between hospital and home in a health care institution in Bogota, Colombia. Using a grounded constructivist theory design, 30 patients with cancer receiving palliative care and 30 family caregivers participated in this study. The data were collected through 36 dyad interviews conducted in either the hospital or home of the participants. For the analysis, the constructivist analytical method was used. Findings revealed that "Looking for control at the end of life through the bond" was the main category of the study. This category could be further elaborated into 4 categories: (1) yearning for home; (2) recognizing burden; (3) experiencing uncertainty, a lack of control; and (4) achieving control. By understanding the patient and family caregiver perspective of care during the hospital-to-home transition, health care systems have the possibility to implement care programs in palliative care with an innovative educational component for health care professionals.