TITLE

Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Developing a Do Not Resuscitate Policy in Japan

AUTHOR(S)
Konishi, E.
PUB. DATE
May 1998
SOURCE
Nursing Ethics;May98, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p218
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Two questionnaire surveys are reported describing the attitudes of 127 Japanese nurses towards developing a do not resuscitate (DNR) policy. The background information features the Japanese health care situations: a lack of policies for end-of-life care decisions; frequent life-prolonging treatments initiated without the patient’s knowledge or consent; ethical dilemmas confronting nurses in relation to such treatments; and the public‘s growing concern over end-of-life care. A hypothetical DNR policy was used in which a health professional asked patients about their decision regarding DNR. The respondents supported this model DNR policy as an ideal. However, they noted that this policy was at variance with Japanese culture. Recommendations for Japanese nurses emerged from the data. In order to make an impact on end-of-life decision making, nurses should take culturally appropriate actions: (1) teach patients about their rights; and (2) work with physicians to provide patients with accurate information about their condition.
ACCESSION #
5396299

 

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