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Obstacles and Helpful Behaviors in Providing End-of-Life Care to Dying Patients in Intensive Care Units

Iglesias, Marta Elena Losa PhD, RN; Pascual, Cristina PhD, RN; Vallejo, Ricardo Becerro de Bengoa PhD, RN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3182808429
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Abstract

Death can be difficult to accept, unimaginable, and unexpected. Critical care nurses are directly involved with patients and their families, and their experience can identify the best practices for end-of-life care. The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify the relative importance of helpful behaviors and obstacles that affect caring for dying patients and families in both adult and pediatric intensive care units as perceived by critical care nurses. The results show that for end-of-life care, nurses most strongly value factors that focus on the well-being of the family, and similar opinions were held by nurses from both adult and pediatric intensive care units.

In Brief

The purpose of this descriptive study is to analyze the relative importance of helpful behaviors and obstacles that affect caring for dying patients in both adult and pediatric intensive care units as perceived by critical care nurses. The results of this study conducted in Spain are presented.

Author Information

Marta Elena Losa Iglesias, PhD, RN, is as director of Nursing Department at Health Sciences School of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain.

Cristina Pascual, PhD, RN, is a nursing supervisor at Pediatric Emergencies in Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, Spain.

Ricardo Becerro de Bengoa Vallejo, PhD, RN, is a professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Marta Elena Losa Iglesias, PhD, RN, Facultad de CC de la Salud, Avda Atenas s/n, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain 28922 (marta.losa@urjc.es).

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