OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying

End-Of-Life Care From the Perspectives of Patients With Cancer and Their Nurses: A Qualitative Study

Publication Date Jun 25, 2022


This study aimed to determine the needs of end-of-life cancer patients’ and their nurses’ perspectives and experiences regarding end of life period. A qualitative descriptive phenomenological study design was adopted comprising face-to-face, semi-structured interviews with patients and their nurses. Content analysis was conducted using the ‘Induction’ approach. 15 patients and 15 nurses participated in study. This study emerged three categories, nine themes for patients, and seven themes for nurses. Categories were determined according to the Donabedian model. The interviews revealed that although the nurses wanted to provide the necessary care, they could not accomplish it because of excessive workload, inadequately informed patients, and less than desired knowledge and education levels of the nurses and healthcare team. Improved care coordination and partnership working are essential for supporting both patient and their nurses at the end of life.

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End Of Life Period
Qualitative Study
Improved Care Coordination
Desired Knowledge
Perspectives Of Patients
Partnership Working
Healthcare Team
Cancer Patients
Semi-structured Interviews
Qualitative Descriptive Study

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