Title

Uncertainties Experienced by Family Members When One Parent is Dying

Publication Title

International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Article

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2015.21.10.488

Keywords

end of life, uncertainty, qualitative research, hospice

Disciplines

Nursing

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This research examined uncertainty as a salient theme for families in which a parent was dying while receiving hospice care.

METHODS:

Interviews were conducted with 61 participants from 26 families in the parent study to explore the strategies used by adolescents with a parent in a hospice. Second interviews were conducted with 15 original participants after the death of their parent. Conventional content analysis was used to analyse data.

RESULTS:

Uncertainty was a prevalent and salient theme in the participants' stories revealing patterns about the causes, barriers, effects and strategies used to manage uncertainty.

CONCLUSION:

Uncertainties associated with the end of life can be problematic for some people, requiring attention by health professionals.