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Enfermería Global

On-line version ISSN 1695-6141


MIGUEZ BURGOS, A.  and  MUNOZ SIMARRO, D.. Nursing care for the terminally ill patients.. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2009, n.16. ISSN 1695-6141.

The fact of death, non-life, has been in all societies, for all groups and all individuals a situation that has been faced in many different ways. In general, despite the fact that death is a part, a phenomenon of existence, there is a rejection of it, by people who are close to the situation of death. This article presents a reflection of the terminal process, its features, phases, and influence over activities such as DUE etc. The aim of this paper is not to show assumptions, nor to establish absolute indisputable truths, because the topic lends itself to an endless debate in which the conclusions are always personal. What we want is to invite reflection, personal or group counseling to foster positive attitudes in nursing care for the terminally ill patients. These attitudes will translate into better quality of care. We end with a series of practical recommendations that, by changing attitudes, we should improve care provided to terminally ill patients in order to increase their quality of life.

Keywords : Nursing; Death; Process terminal; Terminal patients; Therapeutic action; quality of live; Pain.

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