Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Attitude towards death, psychosomatic and pszichological status of nurses working in hospice care and oncology unit]

NAGY Rebeka, NÉMETH Anikó

FEBRUARY 28, 2016

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2016;29(01)

[Aim of the research: The aim of the research was to examine the fear of death, the attitudes towards death, the way of processing death, related to the workplace and to assess the burn out and psychosomatic symptoms among oncology nurses and hospice care workers. Research and sampling methods: To execute our research self-developed surveys were distributed online and printed (N=116) in July-August 2015, completed with a control group, as well. For data analysis we used SPSS version 19.0 with the following statistical tests: Chi square test, independent two sample t-test, Spearman rank correlation and variance analysis (p<0,05). Results: Oncology nurses had slightly more positive attitudes towards death, with significant (p=0,034) proneness to concentrate on positive events too, in case of death of their patients, and tend to attend Bálint groups more often (p=0,017), than nurses working in other unists. In the latter group psychosomatic symptoms were more frequent (p=0,032). No significant differences (p=0,234) were found between the groups in cumulative scale of fear of death. Fear of death had great effect on appearance of psychosomatic symptoms (p=0,011) and the extent of burn out (p=0,001). Conclusions: There were no significant differences in fear of death between oncology nurses and hospise care workers.]



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