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Indian J Palliat Care. 2015 May-Aug;21(2):214-24. doi: 10.4103/0973-1075.156506.

Effective factors in providing holistic care: a qualitative study.

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1
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz university of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
2
Uremia University of Medical Sciences, Iran, Iran.
3
Trinity College Dublin24 D 'Olier Street, Dublin, Ireland.
4
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Holistic care is a comprehensive model of caring. Previous studies have shown that most nurses do not apply this method. Examining the effective factors in nurses' provision of holistic care can help with enhancing it. Studying these factors from the point of view of nurses will generate real and meaningful concepts and can help to extend this method of caring.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A qualitative study was used to identify effective factors in holistic care provision. Data gathered by interviewing 14 nurses from university hospitals in Iran were analyzed with a conventional qualitative content analysis method and by using MAXQDA (professional software for qualitative and mixed methods data analysis) software.

RESULTS:

Analysis of data revealed three main themes as effective factors in providing holistic care: The structure of educational system, professional environment, and personality traits.

CONCLUSION:

Establishing appropriate educational, management systems, and promoting religiousness and encouragement will induce nurses to provide holistic care and ultimately improve the quality of their caring.

KEYWORDS:

Holistic care; Nursing; Qualitative research

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