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پرستاری قلب و عروق 2018, 7(1): 6-13 Back to browse issues page
Comparison of physicians’ and nurses’ perceptions of futile care in intensive care units of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences hospitals
Marzieh Rezaei 1, Shahrzad Ghiasvandian 2, Masoumeh Zakeri Moghadam * 3
1- Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Critical Care Nurse, Shaheed Faghihi Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
2- Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- Department of Critical care Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , mzakerimo.@tums.ac.ir
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Aim. This study aimed to compare physicians’ and nurses' perceptions of futile care.
Background. Futile medical care is the provision of medical care or treatment to a patient when there is no reasonable hope or chance of a benefit. Determination of perceptions of futility is crucial to reduction of situations leading to futility and end-of-life decision-makings.
Method. The present study is a descriptive-comparative cross-sectional study in which 114 nurses and 57 physicians working in intensive care units of selective teaching hospitals of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences were recruited by convenience sampling method based on the inclusion criteria. The data collection instrument was a researcher-made questionnaire of futile care perception whose validity and reliability was assessed by experts, test-retest and Cronbach's Alpha methods. The Data were analyzed using descriptive and analytical statistics in SPSS software version 16.
Findings. The mean score of physicians’ and nurses’ perceptions of futile care was 77.29±13.79. The mean score of nurses’ perception was 78.46±14.4, turned out to be higher than that of physicians (74.91±12.3). The highest level of consistency between the two groups was related to the item "ineffective communication" and “disregarding the members in the decision-making process by the ICU attending physician”. As for "stressfulness of futile medical care", nurses experienced higher stress levels and there was a statistically significant difference between the two groups in this regard.
Conclusion. The agreement on the most important factors affecting the perception of futility indicates consistency between physicians’ and nurses’ perceptions of futile care. The high perception scores in both groups, and the stressful nature of futile medical care require necessary training mechanisms needed to deal with such situations.
Keywords: Futile care, Nurse, Physician, Intensive care unit
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Received: 2018/07/5 | Accepted: 2018/09/16
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Rezaei M, Ghiasvandian S, Zakeri Moghadam M. Comparison of physicians’ and nurses’ perceptions of futile care in intensive care units of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences hospitals. پرستاری قلب و عروق. 2018; 7 (1) :6-13
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