Involvement of nurses in end-of-life discussions for severely disabled children

Title

Involvement of nurses in end-of-life discussions for severely disabled children

Creator

Zaal-Schuller IH; Willems DI; Ewals F; van Goudoever JB; de Vos MA

Identifier

Publisher

Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Date

2018

Subject

intellectual impairment; nurse; qualitative research; Child; Disabled Children; Only Child; human experiment; quality of life; retrospective study; distress syndrome; morality; semi structured interview; child; human; female; male; article; clinical article; handicapped child

Description

Background: In children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD), discussions about end-of-life decisions (EoLDs) are comparatively common. Nurses play a crucial role in the care for these children, yet their involvement in EoLD discussions is largely unknown. The objective of this research was to investigate the involvement in the hospital of nurses in discussions with parents and physicians about EoLDs for children with PIMD. Method: In a retrospective, qualitative study, we conducted semi-structured interviews with the nurses of 12 children with PIMD for whom an EoLD was made within the past 2 years. Results: Parents primarily discuss EoLDs with nurses before and after the meeting with the physician. Nurses who were involved in EoL discussions with parents and physicians assisted them by giving factual information about the child and by providing emotional support. Some nurses, especially nurses from ID-care services, were not involved in EoL discussions, even if they had cared for the child for a long period of time. Some of the nurses had moral or religious objections to carrying out the decisions. Conclusion: Most nurses were not involved in EoL discussions with parents and physicians in the hospital. Excluding nurses from EoL discussions can cause them moral distress. The involvement of nurses in EoL discussions for children with PIMD should be improved, especially by involving nurses from ID-care services. Because these nurses are usually familiar with the child, they can be valuable sources of information about the child's quality of life.

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Citation List Month

April 2018 List

Collection

Citation

Zaal-Schuller IH; Willems DI; Ewals F; van Goudoever JB; de Vos MA, “Involvement of nurses in end-of-life discussions for severely disabled children,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 15, 2018, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15076.

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