A comparative survey on potentially futile treatments between Japanese nurses and laypeople

Yasuhiro Kadooka, Atushi Asai, Miki Fukuyama, Seiji Bito

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Abstract

In the issue of futile treatments, patients and healthcare professionals tend to disagree. We conducted an Internet questionnaire survey and explored the Japanese nurses' attitude toward this topic, comparing with that of laypeople. In total, 522 nurses and 1134 laypeople completed the questionnaire. Nurse respondents were significantly less in favor of providing potentially futile treatments in hypothetical vignettes and stressed quality of life of the patient for judging the futility of a certain treatment. Of them, 85.4% reported having experienced providing such treatments. Reasons for providing them included factors related to not only patients but also healthcare teams. Our results indicate that attitudes among Japanese nurses toward the issue of futile treatments are different from patients and that their actual practice is influenced by several situational factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-75
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Ethics
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comparative survey
  • Japanese nurses
  • end-of-life care
  • futile treatment
  • laypeople

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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