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Balancing professional tension and deciding upon the status of death: Making end-of-life decisions in intensive care units

Konstantara, E, Vandrevala, T, Cox, AC, Creagh-Brown, B and Ogden, J (2016) Balancing professional tension and deciding upon the status of death: Making end-of-life decisions in intensive care units Health Psychology Open, 3 (1). pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This study investigated how intensivists make decisions regarding withholding and withdrawing treatment for patients at the end of their lives. This involved completing in-depth interviews from two sites of the South of England, United Kingdom by twelve intensivists. The data collected by these intensivists were analysed using thematic analysis. This resulted in the identification of three themes: intensivists’ role, treatment effectiveness, and patients’ best interest. Transcending these were two overarching themes relating to the balance between quantity and quality of life, and the intensivists’ sense of responsibility versus burden. The results are considered in terms of making sense of death and the role of beliefs in the decision-making process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Medical_Science
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Konstantara, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vandrevala, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cox, ACUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Creagh-Brown, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ogden, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 25 January 2016
Identification Number : 10.1177/2055102915622928
Copyright Disclaimer : Creative Commons Non Commercial CC-BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 12 Apr 2016 13:27
Last Modified : 12 Apr 2016 13:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810413

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