End-of-life care communication in long-term care among nurses, residents, and families: A critical review of qualitative research

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Abstract

RNs in long-term care (LTC) are a critical nexus for end-of-life (EOL) care communication with older adult residents and their families. A critical review of 17 qualitative research studies examined nurses' experience with EOL care in LTC. Findings indicate that time, preparation, advocacy, organizational resources, and a continuous, relational approach support EOL care communication. Regulatory burdens, understaffing, workflow demands, family and organizational dysfunction, anxiety, and depression impede EOL care communication. The current review revealed a gap in the literature describing LTC RNs' unique perspectives and knowledge regarding EOL care communication with residents and families. There is a current, pressing need to understand the facilitators LTC RNs use to overcome obstacles to effective EOL care communication. Future research could inform clinical practice guidelines and EOL care nursing education, enhancing LTC nurses' capacity to develop trust-based relationships and improving the efficacy of current EOL care communication interventions in LTC. [ Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 47(7), 43-49.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Volume47
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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Keywords

  • Aged
  • Communication
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care
  • Nurses
  • Qualitative Research
  • Terminal Care

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Review
  • Journal Article

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