Research Proposal Essay

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Research Proposal Running head: RESEARCH PROPOSAL

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Research Proposal Kathryn Keiper Duke University School of Nursing Research Methods N307-01 Dr. Carla Gene Rapp Apr 20, 2005

Research Proposal Table of Contents

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Introduction……………………………………………………………………………….3 Review of the Literature…………………………………………………………………..4 Purpose……………………………………………………………………………………8 Methods……………………………………………………………………………………9 Design and research questions…………………………………………………….9 Sample……………………………………………………………………………..9 Survey instrument……………………………………………………..…………10 Research procedures……………………………………………………………..10 Informed consent and IRB approval……………………………………………..11 Strengths and Weaknesses……………………………………………………………….11 Timeline and Cost
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There are a number of reasons these patients are not transferred out: it may be too disruptive to the patient and/or family; there may be no appropriate bed available; or the level of care may still be such that a med/surg or hospice-type floor is not equipped or staffed to handle it (Puntillo et al.). Evidence shows that end-of-life care in ICUs is highly inconsistent, indicating that caregivers are not in agreement on how best to care for this patient population. There is evidence that dying patients experience inadequate relief of pain and other undesirable symptoms, and also that their wishes concerning end-of-life care are not always taken into account (Hodde et al.)

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Research Proposal Most ICU nurses did not enter their specialty because they enjoyed caring for patients that have no hope of recovery, and now they find themselves being called on to provide end-oflife care in what is often the worst possible setting. It has been this author’s experience that

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many ICU nurses feel that they have not provided their patients with the best possible death for a variety of reasons. Many feel unprepared to give end-of-life care if it does not involve resuscitation, and feel unsupported in their attempt to provide quality palliative care in the hightech environment of the ICU. This author is proposing a research study that would investigate the

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