eCite Digital Repository

Palliative care nurses' perceptions of good and bad deaths and care expectations: a qualitative analysis


Kristjanson, LJ and McPhee, I and Pickstock, S and Wilson, D and Oldham, L and Martin, K, Palliative care nurses' perceptions of good and bad deaths and care expectations: a qualitative analysis, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 7, (3) pp. 129-139. ISSN 2052-286X (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.12968/ijpn.2001.7.3.8911.


Individuals who are involved with the death of a person with a terminal illness will often classify the death as either 'good' or 'bad'. Families and healthcare practitioners assess many factors when determining their 'success' or 'failure' in assisting someone in the terminal phase. Palliative care nurses are particularly vulnerable to self-assessments about care of the dying, because death is a daily occurrence. Feelings of failure, unmet expectations and feeling of regret about not being able to prevent a traumatic death may be a source of stress for palliative care nurse and may affect their abilities to function effectively. This article reports the findings of a study involving interviews with 20 palliative care nurses to determine their perceptions of a good and bad death. The study also examined the expectations they hold of themselves and that they believe others hold of them in helping patients to attain a good death. Clinical implications are discussed based on these findings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:palliative care, nurse, perception, expectations, death
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Martin, K (Professor Karen Martin)
ID Code:153989
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-10-20
Last Modified:2023-01-17

Repository Staff Only: item control page