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Title: Reducing Anxiety of the Dying Patient’s Family
Authors: Delson, Geraldine D.
Keywords: Level of anxiety
family of dying patient
spiritual and physical nursing intervention
Issue Date: Oct-1997
Abstract: 7.1.1 Summary The study determined the level of anxiety experience by the family of dying patients and the significant relationship between level of anxiety and degree of relationship, educational attainment, socioeconomic status and adequacy of support system. It also found out significant differences in the frequency of performance of emotional, socio - cultural, spiritual and physical nursing intervention; and in the effect of the four aspect of nursing intervention in reducing the anxiety. The methodology used is descriptive in nature. The questionnaire was answered by 80 staff nurses working from the three hospitals in Baguio City and 81 family members who took care of their dying patients during hospitalization. The data were then collated, tabulated and statistically interpreted through frequency distribution, chi - square and t - test. 7.1.2 Findings The study found out that a greater percentage of family members of dying patients experience severe anxiety. The level of anxiety is significantly related to the degree of relationship to dying patient and with educational attainment. There is a significant difference in the frequency of performance of emotional and socio - cultural interventions as perceived by staff nurses and family members. There is a significant difference in the perceptions of family members and staff nurses on the effects of emotional and socio—cultural interventions in reducing anxiety of family members. 7.1.3 Conclusion The researcher concluded that anxiety is intensely experience by family members of dying patient. The degree of relationship to dying patient and educational attainment affects the level of anxiety of family members. There is effective provision of emotional, socio—cultural, spiritual and physical interventions that meet the needs of the family members. Nursing interventions provided to family members moderately reduced their level of anxiety. 7.1.4 Recommendation It was best recommended that staff nurses should be equally sensitive to meet the needs of family members with severe anxiety. Care should be prioritized to family members of the first degree. Educational attainment of family members should be taken into consideration in rendering care because of their ability to cope Holistic care which include emotional, socio-cultural, physical and spiritual care should be rendered focusing more on its effectiveness in reducing anxiety of family members. Studies on the grieving process and coping strategies utilized by family members can be with the inclusion of other variables.
Description: Thesis (M.S. : Nursing). -- Saint Louis University, Baguio City, 1997.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/360
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