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Ways of relating to death: views of older people resident in nursing homes.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences. Ersta Sköndal University College, Enheten för forskning i palliativ vård.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Enheten för forskning i palliativ vård. Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, E-ISSN 2052-286X, Vol. 12, no 7, 334-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Few studies shed light on what older people themselves consider a good or dignified death. This study is part of a larger project where interviews were used to follow 12 nursing home residents over time. The aim of the present study was to reach a deeper understanding of seven older people's thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards death. The participants were interviewed on four occasions across 18-24 months, and the interviews were analysed using a hermeneutic method. The findings revealed three main themes: 1. Zest for life, 2. Indifferent attitude, 3. Longing for death. The themes mirror the complexity of what ageing and nearing the end of life can mean. A strong desire among the participants was to be more involved in their own personal care and in everyday life at the nursing home. Person-oriented care based on the philosophy of palliative care, and including conversation as a natural component, might promote the older person's possibilities to obtain a good death.

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2006. Vol. 12, no 7, 334-40 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-535PubMedID: 16926732OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-535DiVA: diva2:344423
Available from: 2010-08-19 Created: 2010-08-19 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved

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