A Qualitative Metasynthesis From Nurses’ Perspective When Dealing With Ethical Dilemmas and Ethical Problems in End-of-Life Care

Margareta Karlsson, Ingela Berggren, Anne Kasen, Carola Wärnå-Furu, Maud Söderlund

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The aim of this meta-synthesis was to translate, interpret, and present a synthesis of selective qualitative studies from nurses’ perspective when dealing with ethical dilemmas and ethical problems in end-of-life care to gain a deeper understanding of the phenomena. It is critical that nurses and other care professionals can gain deeper understanding and alleviate suffering among patients through the use of evidence- based practice in end-of-life care. The meta-synthesis method employed is inspired by Noblit and Hare. The overarching metaphor, The Loving Eye, illustrates how nurses are deeply involved in their patients as human beings. The Loving Eye connotes an inner responsibility to struggle for patients’ best interest and wishes at the end-of-life. With The Loving Eye, nurses can see and feel the patients need to be confirmed, comforted and healed approaching the end-of-life. 

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)40–48
JournalInternational Journal for Human Caring
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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