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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2006 Jul-Sep;29(3):E12-24.

An exploration of the good death.

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Moses H. Cone Memorial Health System, Greensboro, NC, USA.


For many patients with a life-threatening illness, modern hospitals prevent a good death. When aggressive treatment is selected for a disease process with a remote cure, nurses engage in patient care that is psychologically exhausting and ethically demoralizing. Nursing is well positioned to lead a paradigm shift regarding end-of-life care. The concept of good death is explored through sociology, Christian theology, medicine, and nursing. Of the many determinants for a good death, the ones that transcend the disciplines include making adequate preparations, experiencing no unpleasant symptoms, having someone by one's side, and being spiritually whole. Empirical indicators for measuring a good death are also explored.

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