Attıtudes Of Health Professıonals And Caregıvers To Death Perceptıons And Resprctable Death

Institution Of The Thesis: Gazi University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Tülay Bal



This descriptive study was conducted to determine the health professionals and caregivers' death perceptions and attitudes regarding respectable death. The study was conducted with 56 health care professionals and 65 caregivers, at Ankara Ulus State Hospital, Ankara 29 May Hospital and Kırıkkale High Specialty Hospital. A descriptive characteristics form, the "Attitudes Towards Death Scale" and "Assessment Scale for Attitudes Towards Respectful Death's Principles" were used to collect the data. In order to conduct the study, the ethics committee approval, written permission were obtained from the institutions; written or verbal permissions were obtained from the participants. The data were analyzed with t test, one-way ANOVA, Tukey test. According to the results of the study, the health professionals' attitudes towards death and their perceptions about respectful death principles were affected by their statuses of having a child, willingness to choose their actual jobs, taking special education for palliative care besides basic vocational education, losing a relative before and their economical statuses. It was found that the caregivers' attitudes towards death and their perceptions about respectful death principles were affected by their education levels and their frequency of thinking about his/her own death. It was determined that there was a positive moderate correlation between the health professionals' scores from the avoidance adoption subscale of the Attitude towards Death Scale and their scores from the Attitude Towards Respectful Death Principles Scale (p<0.05). It was determined that the caregivers' scores from the fear of death, avoidance of death, neutral adoption, attitude adoption and avoidance adoption subscales of the Attitudes towards Death Scale positively and intermediately correlated with their scores from the Attitudes Towards Respectful Death Principles Scale (p<0.05). It was suggested that health professionals should be ensured to be aware of death and respectable death; more time should be given for death and respectful death in vocational and in-service trainings, this study should be conducted with larger groups