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Caring for dying patients outside special palliative care settings: experiences from a nursing perspective.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research.
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 21, no 1, 32-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to describe nurses' experiences in caring for gravely ill and dying patients outside special palliative care settings. Tape-recorded qualitative interviews were conducted with a total of nine nurses in primary home care, community care and hospitals. The interviews were analysed according to phenomenological methodology, which resulted in the three common structures: ambition and dedication, everyday encounters, and satisfaction/dissatisfaction. In the 'everyday encounters' structure, the following key constituents emerged: responsibility, cooperation, experience and knowledge, feelings, and time and resources. The results describe the nurses' high ambitions to give dying patients and their relatives high-quality care. Despite this, they experienced greater or lesser degrees of dissatisfaction because of insufficient cooperation, support, time and resources. They experienced satisfaction through contact with patients and relatives, functioning collegial cooperation, and the knowledge, experience and personal growth the care had given them. The results indicate that nurses need the resources such as time, improved methods of communication and cooperation as well as more support in order to give quality palliative care and achieve satisfaction with the outcome. The need for discussion about the conditions for giving palliative care outside the hospices and other special palliative care settings is also elucidated.

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2007. Vol. 21, no 1, 32-40 p.
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Nursing Care, Palliative Care, Sweden, Terminal Care, Attitude to death, Attitude of health personnel
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-511DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00430.xPubMedID: 17428212OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-511DiVA: diva2:329991
Available from: 2010-07-14 Created: 2010-07-14 Last updated: 2011-05-20Bibliographically approved

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