Nurses’ knowledge of law at the end of life and implications for practice: A qualitative study

Lindy Willmott, Ben White, Patsy Yates, Geoffrey Mitchell, David C Currow, Katrin Gerber & Donella Piper
Background:Some patients do not receive adequate pain and symptom relief at the end of life, causing distress to patients, families and healthcare professionals. It is unclear whether undertreatment of symptoms occurs, in part, because of nurses’ concerns about legal and/or disciplinary repercussions if the patient dies after medication is administered.Aim:The aim was to explore nurses’ experiences and knowledge of the law relating to the provision of end-of-life pain and symptom relief.Design:Semi-structured interviews with nurses were...
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