Facilitating day-to-day decision making in palliative care

Title

Facilitating day-to-day decision making in palliative care

Creator

Bottorff JL; Steele R; Davies B; Porterfield P; Garossino C; Shaw M

Publisher

Cancer Nursing

Date

2000

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Adult; Questionnaires; Aged; Middle Aged; Nurse-Patient Relations; 80 and over; Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support; decision making; Palliative Care/psychology; Oncologic Nursing; Nursing Process

Description

As part of a larger grounded theory study investigating the process by which palliative care patients make everyday choices, a secondary analysis of data was conducted to investigate the ways nurses support or restrict patients' participation in their care. Constant comparative methods were used to generate a detailed, contextually grounded description of nurses' strategies that influenced patients' participation in making everyday choices about their personal and nursing care. Data consisted of field notes derived from observations of patients and their caregivers in two hospital-based palliative care units and from 23 transcripts of interviews with participating nurses and patients. Nurses' efforts to support patients' participation in decision making were described as a four-phase process: getting to know the patient, enhancing opportunities for choice, being open to patient choice, and respecting choice. Factors influencing nurses' use of supportive behaviors and behaviors that restricted patients' participation in everyday choices were identified. Given the importance patients attributed to making choices, these findings provide a foundation for the design of nursing interventions that hold great potential for directly influencing quality of life.
2000

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

141-150

Issue

2

Volume

23

Citation

Bottorff JL; Steele R; Davies B; Porterfield P; Garossino C; Shaw M, “Facilitating day-to-day decision making in palliative care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 27, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12018.

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