The 'dis-ease' of dying: challenges in nursing care of the dying in the acute hospital setting. A qualitative observational study

Melissa Bloomer, Ruth Endacott, Margaret Mary O'Connor, Wendy Michele Cross

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Changes in health care and an ageing population have meant that more people are dying in the acute hospital setting. While palliative care principles have resulted in quality care for the dying, many patients die in an acute care, still receiving aggressive/ resuscitative care. Aims: The aims were to explore nurses recognition of and responsiveness to dying patients and to understand the nurses influence on end-of-life care. Design: A qualitative approach was taken utilising non-participant observation to elicit rich data, followed by focus groups and individual semi-structured interviews for clarification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757 - 764
Number of pages8
JournalPalliative Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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