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Table 1 Themes and Sub-themes from Family Member Interviews

From: The experiences of family members in the nursing home to hospital transfer decision

Family perceptions of nursing home capacity to provide needed medical care
 Perception of low level care and/or services in nursing home
 Perception of lack of physician presence in nursing home
 Perception that more care is available in the hospital
 Belief that the nursing home does not notice changes quickly enough
 Perception of staff member supporting transfer
 Nursing home staff is familiar with resident (benefit)
Resident and family choices
 Advance directives
 Resident desire to remain in the nursing home
 Quality of life
 The challenge of end of life decisions
Issues at hand-off and at hospital
 Poor communication between nursing home and hospital
 Low satisfaction with hospital care