Analysis of how nurses cope facing the death of a paediatric patient


Analysis of how nurses cope facing the death of a paediatric patient


Lledó-Morera À; Bosch-Alcaraz A


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Afrontamiento; Coping; Death; Enfermera; Muerte; Nurse; Paciente; Paediatrics; Patient; Pediatría


AIMS: To evaluate how nurses cope with the death of a paediatric patient, relate it to the different sociodemographic variables, and to describe personal coping strategies used by nurses in managing the process and accepting the death of the patient. METHODOLOGY: an observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study, carried out from January to June 2018 with nurses from the palliative care area, intensive care unit, neonatology and oncohaematology area of a tertiary paediatric hospital in Barcelona city. An ad hoc questionnaire was applied, divided into three parts: socio-demographic data, the Bugen scale of coping with death and two open questions. RESULTS: 31.37% of the respondents faced the process of death of the paediatric patient adequately, while 33.33% did not cope well. The best coping was in paediatric palliative care, followed by paediatric oncohaematology, neonatology and, finally, the intensive care unit. In addition, the variables related to this coping are the work shift, the death of a loved one in less than 3 years and previous training. On the other hand, the age of the respondents, experience in the unit and having children are not related to coping. Moreover, the professionals surveyed demand more training to improve their coping in this area, as well as interdisciplinary sessions to discuss cases of deceased patients.


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Lledó-Morera À; Bosch-Alcaraz A, “Analysis of how nurses cope facing the death of a paediatric patient,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 28, 2022,

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