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Qualitative study—other
How experienced intensive care nurses communicate with families about shift to end-of-life care
  1. Lissi Hansen
  1. Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Lissi Hansen, Oregon Health & Science University, 3455 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239, USA; hansenli{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Constructing the patient's story provides clinicians with specific communication strategies and interactions they can use with families to help and guide them through the transition from aggressive care to palliative care for their relative.

  • Future research should examine how ‘constructing the patient's story’ in the intensive care unit (ICU) is similar to or different from the patient story to be constructed in other settings.


The quality of communication related to withdrawal of aggressive treatment in the ICU has been a common theme over two decades of research.1 However, this research has …

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  • Competing interests None declared.