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Moghadas T, Momeni M, Baghaee M, Ahmadi S. Euthanasia and care for dying patients: attitudes of ICU nurses. IJMEHM 2012; 5 (4) :75-83
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1- Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
2- Ghazvin University of Medical Sciences, Ghazvin, Iran , momeni65@gmail.com
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Nurses play an important role in end-of-life care for dying patients. Based on the essence of the work environment, nurses are confronted with dying patients and their requests for euthanasia more than other care givers. However, little is known about their attitudes towards euthanasia. Hence, aim of present study was to determine nurses' attitudes toward euthanasia. In this descriptive-analytical study, 91 nurses who employed in intensive care units situated in educational and medical hospitals affiliated to Guilan University of Medical Sciences participated. Nurses attitudes evaluated by using Euthanasia Attitude Scale. Data analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics (T-test, ANOVA and generalized linear models) by SPSS software version 16. Majority of nurses (83.5%) had negative attitude toward euthanasia. Univariate analysis showed no significant statistical relationship between demographic factors and nurses' attitude toward euthanasia, whilst age (P < 0.029) and employment status (P < 0.004) were related to nurses' attitude toward euthanasia in regression analysis.     
Findings of the present study showed that majority of nurse's believe in care of dying patients for health maintenance and life continuance even in the end stage of life. They don't accept euthanasia at any condition. Perhaps, more accurate studies need to assess other confounding factors such as nurses' knowledge, practice and role.

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Accepted: 2013/10/9 | Published: 2014/11/15

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