Nurses' estimations of patients' prognoses in the last days of life.

@article{Buchan1995NursesEO,
  title={Nurses' estimations of patients' prognoses in the last days of life.},
  author={Janet E F Buchan},
  journal={International journal of palliative nursing},
  year={1995},
  volume={1 1},
  pages={12-16}
}
This study was based on two medical wards in a teaching hospital. It examined the accuracy with which nurses estimated patients' prognoses in the last days and hours of life and the cues used to make such assessments. An exploratory and descriptive approach was adopted. The study was divided into two parts: a cross-sectional interview study and a prospective patient follow-up study. The cues used by the nurses were identified and categorised and estimates of life expectancy were assessed for… CONTINUE READING