Modelling end-of-life care practices: Factors associated with critical care nurse engagement in care provision

Ranse, Kristen, Yates, Patsy, & Coyer, Fiona (2016) Modelling end-of-life care practices: Factors associated with critical care nurse engagement in care provision. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 33(1), pp. 48-55.

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  • To identify factors associated with critical care nurses’ engagement in end-of-life care practices.


  • Multivariable regression modelling was undertaken on 392 responses to an online self-report survey of end-of-life care practices and factors influencing practice by Australian critical care nurses’. Univariate general linear models were built for six end-of-life care practice areas.


  • Six statistically significant (p < 0.001) models were developed: Information sharing F(3, 377) = 40.53, adjusted R2 23.8%; Environmental modification F(5, 380) = 19.55, adjusted R2 19.4%; Emotional support F(10, 366) = 12.10, adjusted R2 22.8%; Patient and family centred decision making F(8, 362) = 17.61 adjusted R2 26.4%; Symptom management F(8, 376) = 7.10, adjusted R2 11.3%; and Spiritual support F(9, 367) = 14.66, adjusted R2 24.6%. Stronger agreement with values consistent with a palliative approach, and greater support for patient and family preferences were associated with higher levels of engagement in end-of-life care practices. Higher levels of preparedness and access to opportunities for knowledge acquisition were associated with engagement in the interpersonal practices of patient and family centred decision making and emotional support.


  • This study provides evidence for interventions to address factors associated with nurse engagement to increase participation in all end-of-life care practice areas.

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ID Code: 92644
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Critical care, End-of-life care, Factors, Intensive care, Nursing, Survey
DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2015.11.003
ISSN: 0964-3397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2016 00:24
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 00:56

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