Characterization, conservation and loss of dignity at the end‐of‐ life in the emergency department. A qualitative protocol
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Author/sFernández‐Sola, Cayetano; Granero‐Molina, José; Díaz‐Cortés, María del Mar; Jiménez‐López, Francisca Rosa; Roman‐López, Pablo; [et al.]
Aims To explore and understand the experiences of terminally ill patients and their relatives regarding dignity during end‐of‐life care in the emergency department. Background The respect given to the concept of dignity is significantly modifying the clinical relationship and the care framework involving the end‐of‐life patient in palliative care units, critical care units, hospices and their own homes. This situation is applicable to in‐hospital emergency departments, where there is a lack of research which takes the experiences of end‐of‐life patients and their relatives into account. Design A phenomenological qualitative study. Methods The protocol was approved in December 2016 and will be carried out from December 2016–December 2020. The Gadamer's philosophical underpinnings will be used in the design and development of the study. The data collection will include participant observation techniques in the emergency department, in‐depth interviews with terminally ill pat...