Nursing Research on Death, Dying, and Terminal Illness: Development, Present State, and Prospects

  • Jeanne Quint Benoliel


Presented in this review is an historical overview on the development of death research in general followed by an analysis of nursing research in death, dying, and terminal illness. Of necessity, some death-related areas of interest to nurses were not included. Among these topics are suicide and abortion, each of which deserves consideration in its own right. Owing to difficulties in accessibility, only occasionally is research included that was conducted outside the North American continent. The bibliographic material on which this review is based was collected with the assistance of Training Grant 1 D23 NU00210–01 from the Division of Nursing, Health Resources Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Considerable help in locating and sorting materials was provided by Linda K. Birenbaum, Fotini L. Georgiadou, Barbara B. Germino, and Christina M. Mumma. Appreciation is due to Lesley F. Degner, Helen P. Glass, Christina M. Gow, Sherry Johnson-Soderberg, Sylvia Drake Paige, Geraldine V. Padilla, Catherine M. Saunders, and Mary L. S. Vachon for providing copies of published and unpublished materials for use in this review. The organization of the report was suggested to me by a review written by Günther Luschen in the Annual Review of Sociology (Vol. 6), 1980.


Home Care Nurse Research Nursing Practice Nursing Student Terminal Illness 
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  • Jeanne Quint Benoliel
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  1. 1.Community Health Care Systems DepartmentUniversity of WashingtonUSA

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