Researching the Bereaved: An Investigator's Experience
Nursing Ethics. 2000 Jan; 7(1): 23-34.
The issues discussed in this article concern the process of interviewing the bereaved relatives of organ donors, the personal impact, and the potentially painful nature of such research. Narrative interviews were carried out with 24 donor relatives. The relatively small number of donating families and their anonymity mean that little is understood about the experience of having a relative in a critical care situation that ends in donation. The purpose of this study was to develop a theory that explained the organ donation process for relatives of 'major organ' donors. A central concern of implementing the investigation was the possible threat it posed to the participants and myself. The sensitive nature of the research made access to relatives difficult. Undoubtedly, my nursing background and personal attributes had an impact on interactions with participants and the pursuance of the research agenda.
Behavioral Research; Brain; Brain Death; Cadavers; Communication; Consent; Death; Donors; Family Members; Family Relationship; Health; Health Personnel; Interviews; Investigators; Nature; Nurses; Organ Donation; Organ Donors; Professional Family Relationship; Research; Research Subjects; Relatives; Survey; Third Party Consent;
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