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JHC 2015, 17(2): 146-153 Back to browse issues page
Attitudes of Nurses towards Death
H Hojjati, N Hekmati Pour, T Nasrabadi , S Hoseini
Department of Nursing,Tehran Medical Sciences Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
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Background & objectives: Confrontation with the phenomenon of patient death is an inevitable part of work in therapeutic professions, especially for nursing staff. In many cases, the nurse is the only person at the time of patient death and the attitude toward death is an important factor that may affect the behaviors of health care professionals. This study aimed to evaluate the attitudes of nurses in hospitals affiliated to Social Security Organization in the Province of Golestan towards patient death.

Methods:In thiscross-sectional and descriptive study, 106nurses working in the hospitals of social security organization in Golestan province were selected to participate in the study through the consensus sampling method. Demographiccaracteristic formandthe revisedstandardscaleof attitude towarddeath(DAP-R) were used for data gathering. Descriptive (frequency, mean and standard deviation) and inferential statistics(t student, ANOVA, Tukey & Shefeh test, Pearson) were used to analyze data in SPSS v.16.

Results:The results showedthemean and standard deviation of attitudestowards deathwasabove the standard average (150.23±14.48). Multivariate regression analysis showeda significant correlationbetweenattitudes towarddeath and work experience of nurses(p<0.007). So,witheachyearof work experience, negative attitude towardsdeath was decreased by 5 times. Alsothere was significant correlation between attitudeto deathand education(p<0.003).Thenurses whohad passedcourses or workshopsabout care of deceased patients had betterattitudes.

Conclusion:This study showed that nurses almost had a positive attitude towards death. Theyspend longtime and closer relationship with patients and their families or relatives. Positive perspective of nurses regarding death care can be effective in supporting of patients and their family members.

Keywords: Attitude, Nurses, Death.
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Type of Study: descriptive-cross-sectional |
Received: 2015/01/26 | Accepted: 2015/06/18 | Published: 2015/09/22
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Hojjati H, Hekmati Pour N, Nasrabadi T, Hoseini S. Attitudes of Nurses towards Death. JHC. 2015; 17 (2) :146-153
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