This descriptive study evaluated concepts relating to end-of-life care addressed in Journal of Neuroscience Nursing during a 10-year period. An analysis of 377 articles published from 1993 to 2002 found 40 articles addressing some area of end-of-life content. Of 2,558 pages reviewed, 201 pages (7.8%) contained end-of-life content. The primary areas of end-of-life care discussed in the articles were needs assessment for families, coping strategies and support systems, and recognition of family and caregiver needs. The most common diseases and disorders addressed were epilepsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease. To increase overall content in the field of palliative and end-of-life care, authors can include end-of-life content in articles submitted for publication.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Jacquelin S. Neatherlin, PhD RN CNRN, at Jacque_Neatherlin@baylor.edu. She is an associate professor at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University, Dallas, TX.
Sherry Fox, PhD RN CNRN, is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA.
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