End of Life Decision-Making: Watson’s Theory of Human Caring

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalNursing science quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Watson’s theory of human caring
  • end of life decision-making
  • postmodernism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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