Communication and Decision-Making About End-of-Life Care in the Intensive Care Unit

Laura Anne Brooks, RN, MN; Elizabeth Manias, RN, BPharm, MPharm, MNStud, PhD, DLF-ACN, MPSA, MSHPA; Patricia Nicholson, RN, PhD


Am J Crit Care. 2017;26(4):336-341. 

In This Article

Sampling Method and Sample

A purposive sampling method was used, with the sample including critical care registered nurses and intensive care physicians who had practiced EOL care at least once. Critical care nurses who had completed the minimum of a postgraduate certificate in intensive care, and intensive care consultants or physicians in training, were invited to participate. Nursing staff in the process of completing postgraduate studies in intensive care and resident medical staff were excluded because of their relative lack of experience. An e-mail including a letter of invitation and a consent form was sent to eligible staff.

"Communication and shared decision-making are key aspects of EOL care."