Facilitating End-of-Life Decision-Making Strategies for Communicating and Assessing

Sally A. Norton, PhD, RN and Karen A. Talerico, PhD, RN, CS

End-of-life decision-making is often a difficult process and one that many elderly patients and their families will undergo. The grounded theory study of nurses, physicians, and family members (n = 20) reported in this article examined provider behaviors that facilitated the process of decision-making near the end of patients’ lives.

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