The Most Important Aspects for a Good Death: Perspectives from Parents of Children with Cancer

Title

The Most Important Aspects for a Good Death: Perspectives from Parents of Children with Cancer

Creator

Kim JY; Park BK

Publisher

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Date

2021

Subject

cancer patients; childhood neoplasms; death; hospice and palliative nursing; pediatric oncology nursing

Description

A good death is an important concept in pediatric palliative care. To improve the quality of pediatric palliative care, it is imperative to identify which domain is most important for a good death among children with cancer and their parents. This study aimed to (1) assess the essential domains for a good death from the perspectives of parents whose children have cancer using the Good Death Inventory (GDI) and (2) examine which characteristics are associated with the perception of a good death. An anonymous cross-sectional questionnaire was administered to 109 parents of children with cancer. Data were collected using a validated Korean version of the GDI. Descriptive statistics, t-test, and ANOVA were used to identify the preferred GDI domains. Multiple linear regression analysis was performed to identify factors associated with the GDI scores. The most essential domains for a good death included “maintaining hope and pleasure” and “being respected as an individual.” The factors most strongly associated with the perception of a good death were end-of-life plan discussion with parents or others and parental agreement with establishing a living will. Encouraging families to discuss end-of-life care and establish a living will in advance can improve the quality of death among children with cancer.

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Special Edition #2

Citation

Kim JY; Park BK, “The Most Important Aspects for a Good Death: Perspectives from Parents of Children with Cancer,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed April 22, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18079.