The phenomenon of end-of-life (EOL) decision-making is a lived experience by which individuals or families make decisions about care they will receive prior to death. A postmodern philosophical approach suggests EOL decision-making is a varied contextual phenomenon that is highly influenced by subjectivity. Thus, there is no specific definition for the phenomenon of EOL decision-making. Watson’s theory of human caring complements a postmodern approach in guiding the nursing process of caring for individuals as they experience EOL decision-making.
- end of life decision-making
- Watson’s theory of human caring
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