Futile Care; Concept Analysis Based on a Hybrid Model
- Fatemeh Bahramnezhad
- Mohammad Ali Cheraghi
- Mahvash Salsali
- Parvaneh Asgari
- Fatemeh Khoshnava Fomani
- Mahnaz Sanjari
- Pouya Farokhnezhad Afshar
Background: Making decision about what kind of caring is entitled as futile care requires the presentation of a clear definition of such caretaking.
Objective: To report an analysis of the concept of futile care.
Design: The analysis in this research was carried out through hybrid model in three stages. At the theoretical stage: a review of the available literature. At the work-in-field stage: semi-structured interviews.
Setting: Data collection was on cancer unit and palliative care unit.
Participants: A total of 7 participants were recruited in the study. The inclusion criteria were: having at least a bachelor's degree in nursing, having at least 5 years of experience in critical care or cancer units, and being willing to participate in the study.
Results: Three themes emerged: “low quality of life”, “lack physiologic return to life” and “performing non-professional duties”.
Conclusion: Futile care consists giving clinical cares irrelevant to a nurse's job and giving cares through which the return of patient would be impossible both physiologically and qualitatively.
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