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Title: EXPLORING NURSES' PERCEPTION AND EXPERIENCE OF END-OF-LIFE CARE IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (ICU): A QUALITATIVE STUDY
Authors: JOEY TYOH WEI FEN
Keywords: EOLC, barriers, challenge, nurses, critical care, perception, experience, acute hospital, education, knowledge, confidence, attitude, communication, education
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2018
Citation: JOEY TYOH WEI FEN (2018-06-21). EXPLORING NURSES' PERCEPTION AND EXPERIENCE OF END-OF-LIFE CARE IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (ICU): A QUALITATIVE STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: End of life care (EOLC) is the provision of support and dignity for people who are at the last stage of life. Current evidences show that by providing holistic care and fulfilling the needs of the patient had improved their quality of life (QOL). However, literature had shown barriers faced by nurses when providing EOLC with both patients and families. Limited knowledge and understanding on EOLC could hinder the quality of EOLC. Hence, the need for understanding how nurses perceive EOLC and what barriers they are facing in its provision to improve care quality. Aims and objectives: The objectives are to explore nurses’ perception and experience towards EOLC and to identify the perceived challenges and barriers faced in its provision in Singapore’s hospital intensive care unit (ICU) Methods: The research conducted an exploratory, descriptive qualitative study design with semi-structured individual face-to-face interviews. A purposive sample of nurses was recruited from the ICU in an acute care hospital. Twenty participants were recruited, and data saturation was reached. Interviews were audio-recorded with verbatim transcribed. Thematic analysis method was used to analyse the data The significance of the study: This study had provided a deeper understanding of nurses’ perceptions and experiences in EOLC provision, and the barriers and challenges they faced. It would aid in the development of interventions to overcome barriers and challenges faced. Results: The nurses’ perception towards EOLC includes providing patientcentred care and support to family members, being a facilitator, being able to move on, remain emotionally detach and self-reflection on EOLC. The barriers to providing quality care were the lack of knowledge, lack of communication skills, lack of understanding towards patients and families as well as the lack of resources.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/146505
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