How to Care for the Brought in Dead and their Relatives: A Qualitative Study Protocol based on Interpretive Description

D G Bove, E Rosted, A Prip, M O Jellington, H Timm, S F Herling

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AIM: This project has two aims: (a) What do relatives to brought in dead (BID) describe as helpful and supportive care when they arrive at the emergency department to see and say goodbye to a deceased? (b) What do nurses describe as good nursing practice for BID persons and their relatives and what may hinder or facilitate this practice in an emergency setting?DESIGN: A qualitative study in the methodology interpretive description.METHODS: Data will be collected through three data sources: Individual interviews with relatives to BID persons, participant observations of relatives to BID persons during their presence in the emergency department and focus group interviews with emergency nurses.DISCUSSION: Brought in dead persons and their relatives are received and cared for in emergency departments by emergency nurses. Knowledge of how to render care for the relatives to BID persons in an acute setting including what skills and competences this require of the nurses is warranted. We need to explore, describe, and comprehend the experiences of both the relatives and the nurses to point out potential areas of improvement.IMPACT: This study is a protocol of an Interpretive Description study offering insight into considerations and reflections in designing the study.
Original languageDanish
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)1794-1802
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

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