Thai Nurses’ Perceptions of a Good Death: An Integrative Review

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Yuttachai Chaiyasit
Rattiya Thong-on
Khwanparpat Chanbunlawat
Rangsiman Soonthornchaiya


A good death is the most important goal in caring for end of life patients receiving palliative care. A nurse’s perception and understanding of what constitutes a good death is crucial for providing the appropriate care to promote a peaceful death. An integrative review of Thai literature from January 1st, 2009 to March 31st, 2019 focusing on qualitative studies was conducted. Of the relevant worldwide papers, 217 abstracts were identified, with 8 papers from Thailand included in the review. Two themes emerged from the integrative review consisting of the meaning of a good death and the care experience applied by Thai nurses taking care of patients to ensure a good death. A nurse should provide care to promote a peaceful death with the holistic care. This integrative review illustrates a deep understanding of a good death by Thai nurses.


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Chaiyasit Y, Thong-on R, Chanbunlawat K, Soonthornchaiya R. Thai Nurses’ Perceptions of a Good Death: An Integrative Review. BKK Med J [Internet]. 2020 Feb. 25 [cited 2023 Nov. 29];16(1):102. Available from:
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