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Approaching death: a phenomenologic study of five older adults with advanced cancer.

Authors
  • Ryan, Patricia Y
Type
Published Article
Journal
Oncology nursing forum
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2005
Volume
32
Issue
6
Pages
1101–1108
Identifiers
PMID: 16270106
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Knowledge gained directly from patients' experiences of what is meaningful and helpful as death approaches can guide effective interventions to improve palliative care practices and enhance overall quality of life while living with an incurable illness. Nurses have the ability to contribute meaningfully to patients facing death by relating to them with genuine care that acknowledges their humanity, conveying information with a compassionate honesty that recognizes the impact it will hold for patients and their loved ones, supporting patients' faith and cautious hopes, assisting patients in enjoying an active involvement in life within their limitations, and providing a safe and trusting environment in which to receive care.

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