Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks.

Betty Ferrell, R. Virani, M. Grant

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the amount and types of content regarding pain and end-of-life (EOL) care included in major textbooks used in nursing education. DESIGN: Descriptive. SAMPLE: 50 texts (45,683 pages) selected from a potential of more than 700 texts. METHODS: Content analysis and quantification of nine essential areas of EOL care content present in the texts. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Nine areas of EOL care: palliative care defined; quality of life, pain; other symptom assessment/management; communication with dying patients and families; role/needs of family caregivers in EOL care; death; issues of policy, ethics, and law; and bereavement. FINDINGS: Only 2% of the overall content and 1.4% of chapters in nursing texts were related to EOL care. Based on the analysis, many deficiencies were identified in the texts, including inaccurate information and a lack of information regarding critical EOL topics. CONCLUSIONS: Nursing texts contain limited content regarding EOL care. Increased attention to this area is essential in preparing nurses to care for patients at EOL. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nursing practice is based on the foundation of nursing education. Changes in nursing school curriculum and provision of continuing education for practicing nurses are essential for improved EOL care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)869-876
Number of pages8
JournalOncology Nursing Forum
Volume26
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Terminal Care
Textbooks
Nursing
Nursing Education
Nurses
Nursing Schools
Pain
Bereavement
Symptom Assessment
Continuing Education
Palliative Care
Ethics
Curriculum
Caregivers
Patient Care
Communication
Quality of Life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

Cite this

Ferrell, B., Virani, R., & Grant, M. (1999). Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks. Oncology Nursing Forum, 26(5), 869-876.

Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks. / Ferrell, Betty; Virani, R.; Grant, M.

In: Oncology Nursing Forum, Vol. 26, No. 5, 01.06.1999, p. 869-876.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ferrell, B, Virani, R & Grant, M 1999, 'Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks.', Oncology Nursing Forum, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 869-876.
Ferrell B, Virani R, Grant M. Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks. Oncology Nursing Forum. 1999 Jun 1;26(5):869-876.
Ferrell, Betty ; Virani, R. ; Grant, M. / Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks. In: Oncology Nursing Forum. 1999 ; Vol. 26, No. 5. pp. 869-876.
@article{87a122a4f9b54a929d307f05e473c9a7,
title = "Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks.",
abstract = "PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the amount and types of content regarding pain and end-of-life (EOL) care included in major textbooks used in nursing education. DESIGN: Descriptive. SAMPLE: 50 texts (45,683 pages) selected from a potential of more than 700 texts. METHODS: Content analysis and quantification of nine essential areas of EOL care content present in the texts. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Nine areas of EOL care: palliative care defined; quality of life, pain; other symptom assessment/management; communication with dying patients and families; role/needs of family caregivers in EOL care; death; issues of policy, ethics, and law; and bereavement. FINDINGS: Only 2{\%} of the overall content and 1.4{\%} of chapters in nursing texts were related to EOL care. Based on the analysis, many deficiencies were identified in the texts, including inaccurate information and a lack of information regarding critical EOL topics. CONCLUSIONS: Nursing texts contain limited content regarding EOL care. Increased attention to this area is essential in preparing nurses to care for patients at EOL. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nursing practice is based on the foundation of nursing education. Changes in nursing school curriculum and provision of continuing education for practicing nurses are essential for improved EOL care.",
author = "Betty Ferrell and R. Virani and M. Grant",
year = "1999",
month = "6",
day = "1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "26",
pages = "869--876",
journal = "Oncology Nursing Forum",
issn = "0190-535X",
publisher = "Oncology Nursing Society",
number = "5",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Analysis of end-of-life content in nursing textbooks.

AU - Ferrell, Betty

AU - Virani, R.

AU - Grant, M.

PY - 1999/6/1

Y1 - 1999/6/1

N2 - PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the amount and types of content regarding pain and end-of-life (EOL) care included in major textbooks used in nursing education. DESIGN: Descriptive. SAMPLE: 50 texts (45,683 pages) selected from a potential of more than 700 texts. METHODS: Content analysis and quantification of nine essential areas of EOL care content present in the texts. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Nine areas of EOL care: palliative care defined; quality of life, pain; other symptom assessment/management; communication with dying patients and families; role/needs of family caregivers in EOL care; death; issues of policy, ethics, and law; and bereavement. FINDINGS: Only 2% of the overall content and 1.4% of chapters in nursing texts were related to EOL care. Based on the analysis, many deficiencies were identified in the texts, including inaccurate information and a lack of information regarding critical EOL topics. CONCLUSIONS: Nursing texts contain limited content regarding EOL care. Increased attention to this area is essential in preparing nurses to care for patients at EOL. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nursing practice is based on the foundation of nursing education. Changes in nursing school curriculum and provision of continuing education for practicing nurses are essential for improved EOL care.

AB - PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the amount and types of content regarding pain and end-of-life (EOL) care included in major textbooks used in nursing education. DESIGN: Descriptive. SAMPLE: 50 texts (45,683 pages) selected from a potential of more than 700 texts. METHODS: Content analysis and quantification of nine essential areas of EOL care content present in the texts. MAIN RESEARCH VARIABLES: Nine areas of EOL care: palliative care defined; quality of life, pain; other symptom assessment/management; communication with dying patients and families; role/needs of family caregivers in EOL care; death; issues of policy, ethics, and law; and bereavement. FINDINGS: Only 2% of the overall content and 1.4% of chapters in nursing texts were related to EOL care. Based on the analysis, many deficiencies were identified in the texts, including inaccurate information and a lack of information regarding critical EOL topics. CONCLUSIONS: Nursing texts contain limited content regarding EOL care. Increased attention to this area is essential in preparing nurses to care for patients at EOL. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Nursing practice is based on the foundation of nursing education. Changes in nursing school curriculum and provision of continuing education for practicing nurses are essential for improved EOL care.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0033147189&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0033147189&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

C2 - 10382185

AN - SCOPUS:0033147189

VL - 26

SP - 869

EP - 876

JO - Oncology Nursing Forum

JF - Oncology Nursing Forum

SN - 0190-535X

IS - 5

ER -