BACKGROUND: Many terminally ill patients want to die at home. Family carers are fundamental to achieving this, but often feel anxious and unprepared for the role. Supporting them is vital in palliative care.
AIM: To explore the experiences of carers of patients dying at home, in particular their expectations and preparedness for the dying process.
METHOD: The study followed a qualitative approach. In-depth, semi-structured interviews with 15 carers were carried out.