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Nurses' attitudes toward caring for terminally ill neonates and their families in Iran: a cross-sectional study


Providing care for terminally ill neonates is an important issue in NICUs. This research aimed to determine nurses’ attitudes toward providing care for terminally ill neonates and their families. A total of 138 nurses working in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences participated in this cross-sectional study via convenience sampling in 2019. The Data collection tool was the Frommelt attitudes toward caring for terminally ill persons and their families scale. The nurses in this study had the most positive attitudes toward the items “nursing care should include the family of the terminally ill patient, too” (4.2 ± 0.6) and “the care provider can prepare the patient or his/her family for death” (4.1 ± 0.7). The nurses had the least positive attitude toward the item “the time spent on caring for terminally ill patients creates a sense of frustration in me” (1.06 ± 1). The mean score of the attitudes of NICU nurses toward caring for terminally ill neonates and their families indicates the necessity of improving this attitude.

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IssueVol 14 (2021) QRcode
SectionOriginal Article(s)
DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/jmehm.v14i4.5651
End-of-life care; Family; Terminal care; Neonate; Nurse; NICU.

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Kadivar M, Mardani-Hamooleh M, Kouhnavard M, Sayarifard A. Nurses’ attitudes toward caring for terminally ill neonates and their families in Iran: a cross-sectional study. J Med Ethics Hist Med. 2021;14.