Quality of death: humanisation versus medicalisation
Susan Stringer Macmillan head and neck nurse specialist, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham
A ‘good death’ is a multi-faceted phenomenon whose strands may be difficult to untangle. As a result, end-of-life care presents numerous challenges for nurses and these must be seen in the context of technological advances and a growing medicalisation of health care. It is argued in this article that only by exploring fully a dying person’s individual end-of-life choices and striving to meet them can quality of death be maintained or improved.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 6, 3,23-28. doi: 10.7748/cnp2007.04.6.3.23.c4204