Good Death from the Perspective of Caregivers, Patients, and Family Research Paper

Good Death from the Perspective of Caregivers, Patients, and Family
An analysis paper that focuses on the concept of a good death, its defining characteristics, antecedents, consequences, and empirical assessment, and the implications this has for nurses and nursing practice.
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Published by on Sep 22, 2011 in Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper analyzes the concept of a "good death" from the perspectives of nurses, physicians, dying patients, and the families involved. A brief historical overview of the "good death" concept is followed by a detailed analysis of various proposed definitions of the term "good death". This is followed by an analysis of the antecedents and consequences of good death and what applies to the concept. The paper then presents three illustrative cases: a model case, a borderline case, and a contrary case, and concludes with comments on the implications of the concept of good death for nurses and nursing practice.

Definition of Terms
Alternate and Related Terms and Associated Concepts
Uses of the Concept
Defining Attributes or Components of Good Death
Antecedents of Good Death
Consequences of Good Death
Empirical Referents
Three Illustrative Cases
-A Model Case
-A Borderline Case
-A Contrary Case

From the Paper:

"It is obvious from the various definitions of the term "good death" that the concept is highly individual, dynamic, and heterogeneous, and varies widely from person to person and culture to culture (Hopkinson, & Hallett, 2002, p. 532; Kehl, 2006, pp. 280-281, 284; Hatori et al., 2006, p. 168; Vig et al., 2002, p. 1546, Masson, 2002, p. 198; Pierson, Curtis, & Patrick, 2002; Schwartz, Mazor, Rogers, Ma, & Reed, 2003). The concept is used in several ways to apply to different but related ideas. In some cases it is used to describe the experience of the dying patient, with a focus on quality of life, respecting wishes, dying with dignity, being free of pain and fear, and having family members around (Hattori, et al., 2006; Hughes, Schumacher, Jacobs-Lawson, & Arnold, 2008; Masson, 2002; Pierson et al., 2002; Vig et al., 2002 ). In other cases it is used to describe the kind of care that should be given to the dying from the healthcare professional's point of view with the emphasis on more practical matters such as who is involved in decision-making, advance directives, use of life-support systems, etc. (Beckstrand, Clark Callister, & Kirchhoff, 2006; Gibson, Gutmanis, Clarke, Wiltshire, Feron, & Gorman, 2008; Haras, 2008; Hopkinson, & Hallett, 2002; Proulx, & Jacelon, 2004). Ideally, the concept should be used to encompass both aspects in one integrated whole."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beckstrand, R. L., Clark Callister, L., & Kirchhoff, K.T. (2006). Providing a "good death": Critical care nurses' suggestions for improving end-of-life care. American Journal of Critical Care, 15, 38-46. Retrieved from
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  • Haras, M. S. (2008). Planning for a good death: A neglected but essential part of ESRD care. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 35(5), 451-483. Retrieved from

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