Social acceptance of death and its implication for end‐of‐life care
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Author/sRuíz‐Fernández, María Dolores; Fernández‐Medina, Isabel María; Granero‐Molina, José; Hernández‐Padilla, José Manuel; Correa‐Casado, Matías; [et al.]
Aims To understand how the social patterns about death influence end‐of‐life care from the perspective of healthcare professionals. Design A qualitative study according to the theory of Glaser and Strauss. Methods A purposeful sample of 47 participants with different roles (nurses, physicians and clinical psychologists) were involved in four focus groups and 17 interviews in 2017–2019. Responses were audio‐recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using computer‐assisted qualitative data. Results A core category ‘the theory of social patterns about death’ emerged, which is explained by three categories: the culture of concealment and stubbornness towards death, the effort and internal work to make death a part of existence, and the influence of the social patterns of coping with death on end‐of life care and healthcare professionals. Our results suggest that social coping with death is affected by a network of concealment and obstinacy towards death. Conclusion Recog...