Promoting a Good Death: An Agenda for Outcomes Research -- a Review of the Literature
Mak, June Mui Hing
Nursing Ethics. 1999 Mar; 6(2): 97-106.
Outcomes research is topical in discussions about health-related research. Its emphasis on effectiveness creates an important opportunity for nurse researchers to strengthen the linkages between theory, outcomes research and nursing practice but, before care can be more effective, it is logical to establish patients' desired outcomes. A thorough review of the implications of this requirement for the care of hospice patients is needed, but is lacking in the literature. Therefore, the literature on a 'good death' is reviewed as a step towards assisting hospice patients to achieve what they regard as an acceptable death. The starting point is to define more clearly what it means to die a good death. The relationship between hospice care and achieving a good death is then examined.
Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Autonomy; Cultural Pluralism; Death; Goals; Health; Health Care; Hospices; Literature; Non-Western World; Nurses; Nursing Research; Pain; Palliative Care; Patient Satisfaction; Patients; Quality of Health Care; Research; Researchers; Review; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Treatment Outcome; Western World;
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