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Open Access How Respect and Kindness Experienced at the End of Life by Nursing Home Residents Comment les résidents en fin de vie perçoivent-ils le respect et la bienveillance dans les centres d'accueil pour personnes âgées

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Respect and kindness are core principles of nursing practice, yet little is known about how they are experienced by nursing home (NH) residents at the end of life. The aim of this study was to examine the factors associated with being treated with respect and kindness in the last month of life as an NH resident. A retrospective survey of 208 bereaved family members was conducted in 21 NHs located in a city in central Canada. The majority of participants indicated that the resident had always been treated with respect or kindness. However, significant differences emerged, with not all family members believing that their loved one had always been treated with respect or kindness. The apparent lapses in care practices are troubling and indicate that steps must be taken to address them.

Bien que le respect et la bienveillance soient les principes de base de la pratique infirmière, on ne sait pas très bien comment les résidents en fin de vie perçoivent ces marques d'attention dans les centres d'accueil pour personnes âgées. Le but de la présente étude est d'examiner si les familles ont le sentiment que la personne qui leur est chère a été traitée avec respect et bienveillance dans le dernier mois de sa vie en centre d'accueil. Une enquête rétrospective a été menée auprès de 208 personnes ayant perdu un proche dans 21 centres d'accueil situés dans une ville du centre du Canada. La majorité des participants a indiqué que le résident avait toujours été traité avec respect ou bienveillance. Toutefois, des différences significatives sont apparues, et toutes les familles ne croyaient pas que leur être cher avait toujours été traité avec respect ou bienveillance. Les écarts de pratique apparents dans les soins sont inquiétants et indiquent que l'on doit prendre des mesures pour y remédier.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-09-01

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