What should I say?: Qualitative findings on dilemmas in palliative care nursing

McGrath, Pamela, Yates, Patsy, Clinton, Michael, & Hart, Gail (1999) What should I say?: Qualitative findings on dilemmas in palliative care nursing. The Hospice Journal, 14(2), pp. 17-33.

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The nursing literature suggests that talking and listening to patients about issues associated with death and dying, is both important and difficult, and may be improved with training. This discussion presents the results of recent nursing research to confirm, and elaborate on, this theme. In this research participants touched on many central issues in communicating with patients that included articulating a sense of discomfort and inadequacy about the whole process, detailing the innumerable blocks to open communication [e.g., interference, denial, unrealistic optimism, resistance, collusion and anger] and sharing their sense of success and failure. The insights of nurses who participated in this research testify to the ongoing need to prioritize the development of nursing skills and support in this challenging but important area.

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ID Code: 61866
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0742-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2013 21:47
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 20:57

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