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Salud Pública de México

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Abstract

MARVAN, Ma. Luisa; ONATE-OCANA, Luis F; SANTILLAN-DOHERTY, Patricio  and  ALVAREZ-DEL RIO, Asunción. Facing death in the clinical practice: a view from nurses in Mexico. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2017, vol.59, n.6, pp.675-681. ISSN 0036-3634.  https://doi.org/10.21149/8417.

Objective:

To explore the views of nurses on death in their practice, and their perception about physicians’ actions dealing with terminally ill patients.

Materials and methods:

Two hundred ninety-five nurses with experience caring for terminally ill patients responded to a questionnaire developed for this study.

Results:

The majority of participants considered that terminally ill patients should know about their prognosis. Although nearly all nurses said that when a patient brings up the subject and they talk with the patient about death, several of the nurses find it difficult to establish a relationship with these patients. Concerning nurses’ perception about physicians’ actions, they considered that physicians avoid the subject of death with their patients more than the physicians acknowledge.

Conclusions:

More education and training of physicians and nurses on end-of-life issues is needed to improve communication with dying patients and to provide them with better care.

Keywords : nurses; death; nurse-patient relationship; physician-patient relationship.

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