A good death: A synthesis review of concept analyses studies

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      Because they spend so much time with the patient and their family, nurses can affect the care a patient receives across their lifespan up to and including their death. The idea of a good death is not a new one. It has evolved over the years to take on different attributes. Concept analysis can help crystalise an abstract and complex phenomenon, like a good death.


      To synthesise the concept analyses and provide a shared understanding of a good death.


      Synthesis review of concept analysis.


      Searched PubMed, CINAHL, and Medline (Ebsco) using the terms “concept analysis,” “good death,” and “peaceful death.”


      This search revealed nine concept analyses of a good death centred around an adult population. Five analyses followed the Walker and Avant method, and four followed the Rodgers Evolutionary method. Some of the antecedents to a good death are the preparation for, awareness, and acceptance of death. The common attributes of a good death are symptom control and the presence of emotional support. The consequences of a good death are healthy bereavement for family and work satisfaction for healthcare providers.


      The review highlights some of the paradoxes evident in a good death, making it imperative to have a shared understanding to provide patient-centred care.


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