Nurse Involvement in End of Life Decision Making in the Intensive Care Unit: A Literature Review

  • Arif Imam Hidayat
  • Waraporn Kongsuwan
  • Kittikorn Nilmanat

Abstract

This article reviews the evidence related to nurse
involvement in the end of life (EOL) decision making in
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This study was conducted
by analyzing 53 scholarly papers which met the inclusion
criteria. Data were searched through CINAHL, Science
Direct, ProQuest, Wiley Online Library, and PubMed.
The keywords used were “ICU Nurse”, combined with
“end of life”, “decision making” and “end of life decision
making”. The databases of PubMed, ProQuest, CINAHL,
Wiley Online, Ovid, and Science Direct were used to
search for the relevant articles. The results of the analysis
present the definition of end of life decision making, type
of end of life decision making, persons involved in end of
life decision making in the ICU, process of end of life
decision making in the ICU, a nurse’s role in end of life
decision making, and factors influencing end of life
decision making in the ICU. The results of this study are
important to develop an understanding regarding nurse
involvement in end of life decision making in the ICU.

Abstract

This article reviews the evidence related to nurse
involvement in the end of life (EOL) decision making in
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This study was conducted
by analyzing 53 scholarly papers which met the inclusion
criteria. Data were searched through CINAHL, Science
Direct, ProQuest, Wiley Online Library, and PubMed.
The keywords used were “ICU Nurse”, combined with
“end of life”, “decision making” and “end of life decision
making”. The databases of PubMed, ProQuest, CINAHL,
Wiley Online, Ovid, and Science Direct were used to
search for the relevant articles. The results of the analysis
present the definition of end of life decision making, type
of end of life decision making, persons involved in end of
life decision making in the ICU, process of end of life
decision making in the ICU, a nurse’s role in end of life
decision making, and factors influencing end of life
decision making in the ICU. The results of this study are
important to develop an understanding regarding nurse
involvement in end of life decision making in the ICU.

Published
2018-02-01
How to Cite
HIDAYAT, Arif Imam; KONGSUWAN, Waraporn; NILMANAT, Kittikorn. Nurse Involvement in End of Life Decision Making in the Intensive Care Unit: A Literature Review. GSTF Journal of Nursing and Health Care (JNHC), [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, feb. 2018. ISSN 2345-7198. Available at: <http://dl6.globalstf.org/index.php/jnhc/article/view/1288>. Date accessed: 20 mar. 2019.