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Commitment to care: a qualitative study of intensive care nurses' perspectives of end-of-life care in an Islamic context

(2014) Commitment to care: a qualitative study of intensive care nurses' perspectives of end-of-life care in an Islamic context. International Nursing Review. pp. 140-147. ISSN 0020-8132

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BackgroundCurrently, end-of-life care is a significant issue and a topic of debate in intensive care settings but understanding of nurses' perspectives about this within an Islamic context is surprisingly lacking. AimThe purpose of this study was to explore intensive care nurses' perspectives of the end-of-life care in South-east of Iran. MethodsA descriptive qualitative research approach was used to engage 12 intensive care nurses from three intensive care units of teaching hospitals affiliated to Kerman University of Medical Science in a semi-structured interview. Interview transcripts were analysed using an inductive coding approach. ResultsFour major categories emerged from analysis of the interviews: commitment to care, awareness of dying patients, caring relationships, and dealing with barriers and ethical issues. The first category was emphasized and appeared dominant in all interviews. LimitationBecause of specific socio-cultural and environmental factors, the findings of this study may not be applicable in other contexts, but enhance our knowledge about the topic in an Islamic context. ConclusionsThis study emphasizes the importance of looking at the end-of-life care for critical terminally ill patients within the context of spiritual milieu associated with commitment to a compassionate care until the last moment of their life. Intensive nurses, faced with various barriers and ethical issues, instead were focused on physical and spiritual care and believed that it should fulfil their role in the challenging process. Implications for nursing and health policyThese findings indicate that there is a need for policies that help increase the quality of life of dying patients. It is imperative that nursing managers and policy makers in Iran consider these findings to improve end-of-life care in intensive setting. More training programmes, further education and research on the topic, should be implemented.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: End of Life Intensive Care Islamic Caring Nursing Qualitative Quality of Life dying patients unit challenges decisions statement behaviors death Nursing
Page Range: pp. 140-147
Journal or Publication Title: International Nursing Review
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 61
Number: 1
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ISSN: 0020-8132
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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