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An analysis of patients' awareness and attitude concerning end of life issues.

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This study was conducted using a qualitative descriptive approach. It was based on an analysis that was done to determine awareness and attitude of patients in end of life issues. The semi-structured interviews were conducted for data collection. A sample of ten patients, five inpatient and five outpatient, was purposively chosen. Permission was obtained from the hospital superintendent and heads of departments, and also consent from patients, for the study. Data was analyzed, using the NVIVO program, a computer software, for data coding, and a conceptual model for categorization. From the findings, the researcher concluded that poor communication causes lack of knowledge in patients, which in turn limits the capacity for decision making in patients. The researcher also noted that participants were not aware of their autonomy in decision-making.


Thesis (M.Cur.)-University of Natal, Durban, 2002.


Euthanasia--Moral and ethical aspects., Patients--Civil rights., Patients--Legal status, laws, etc., Assisted suicide., Right to die., Theses--Nursing.