The Critical and Chronic Care Nurses’ Attitudes Toward End-of-Life Care


  • Lihong Yang Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Achara Sukonthasarn Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Suparat Wangsrikhun Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


attitudes toward end-of-life-care, critical care nurses, chronic care nurses


This descriptive study aimed to explore attitudes toward end-of-life care among critical and chronic care nurses in Yunnan Province, the People’s Republic of China. Purposive sampling was used to recruit 106 participants who were critical care nurses and 98 participants who were chronic care nurses from two tertiary hospitals in Yunnan from April to June, 2020. Measurement tools included a Demographic Data Record Form and the Frommelt Attitudes Toward Care of the Dying Scale, Form B, Chinese Version (FATCOD-B-C). The internal consistency of the Chinese version of the tool was checked and the Cronbach’s alpha was .81. Descriptive statistics and an independent T-test were used for data analysis. The results of this study showed that the mean scores for attitudes toward end-of-life care among critical care nurses and chronic care nurses were 95.85 (SD = 8.64) and 98.99 (SD = 7.57), respectively. Only four critical care nurses (3.77%) and three chronic care nurses (3.06%) had positive attitudes toward end-of-life care. There was a statistically significant difference between the attitudes toward end-of-life care between critical care nurses and chronic care nurses (t [202] = 0.30, p < .05). Results of this study suggests the need for conducting qualitative studies to explore Chinese nurses’ feelings toward provision of end-of-life care to understand their points of view, especially for those who have positive attitudes. The strategies used to overcome conflicts arising from formal beliefs in traditional Chinese culture should be explored.


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