Health Care Professionals' Death Attitudes, Experiences, and Advance Directive Communication Behavior
The study surveyed 135 health care professionals (74 nurses, 32 physicians, and 29 social workers) to examine their personal death attitudes and experiences in relation to their reported advance directive communication practice behavior. Negative correlations were found between collaborating with other health care professionals regarding the directives and fear of death, avoidance of death, and escape acceptance of death. Approach acceptance of death positively correlated with initiating the discussion of advance directives. Practitioners indicating recent personal experiences with terminal illness reported disclosing more information about the documents.
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Death Studies, v. 31, issue 6, p. 563-572
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Black, Kathy, "Health Care Professionals' Death Attitudes, Experiences, and Advance Directive Communication Behavior" (2007). Aging Studies Sarasota Manatee Campus Faculty Publications. 16.
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