Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2017 Mar;20(1):37-45. 10.14475/kjhpc.2017.20.1.37.

Death Anxiety and Terminal Care Performance of Nurses at Long Term Care Hospitals

Affiliations
  • 1Graduate School, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea. haedang@pusan.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to identify the relationships between death anxiety and terminal care performance of nurses at long term care hospitals.
METHODS
Data were collected from 148 nurses working at 12 long term care hospitals in Busan from March 16, 2016 through May 16, 2016. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, one-way ANOVA, Scheffé test and Pearson's correlation coefficient with SPSS 18.0 for Windows.
RESULTS
Terminal care performance was positively correlated with anxiety about other people's death (r=0.310, P≤0.001) and that of their own death (r=0.250, P=0.002).
CONCLUSION
It appears necessary to develop a systematical educational program for terminal care nurses of to reduce their death anxiety and improve their terminal care performance.

Keyword

Nurses; Long-term care; Death; Anxiety; Terminal care

MeSH Terms

Anxiety*
Busan
Long-Term Care*
Terminal Care*
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