Caring for patients with terminal delirium: palliative care unit and home care nurses' experiences.

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Source
Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Apr;12(4):150-6
Publication Type
Article
Date
Apr-2006
Author
Susan Brajtman
Kathryn Higuchi
Christine McPherson
Author Affiliation
School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. brajtman@uottawa.ca
Source
Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Apr;12(4):150-6
Date
Apr-2006
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Canada
Delirium - nursing
Education, Nursing
Home Care Services
Humans
Interprofessional Relations
Interviews as Topic
Palliative Care
Abstract
To explore palliative care unit and home care nurses' experiences of caring for patients with terminal delirium.
A qualitative exploratory design using individual interviews.
Participants included five nurses working in an interdisciplinary palliative care unit located in a large Canadian city hospital, and four nurses from a palliative home care nursing team located in the same city.
Nurses in both sites experienced multiple challenges caring for delirious patients. Additional education on delirium and collaborative teamwork were viewed as key factors in enhancing their ability to care for and support this patient and family population. Four core themes reflected the participants' perceptions and experiences: experiencing distress; the importance of presence; valuing the team; and the need to know more.
Findings suggest the need for interdisciplinary educational initiatives focused on the identification and management of terminal delirium, and targeted to the specific context in which nurses practise.
PubMed ID
16723959 View in PubMed
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