Critical care nurses' attitudes about patient autonomy and their willingness to act as patient advocates

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1994-12

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Thompson, Pamela G.

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This descriptive correlational study was designed to determine if there was a relationship between critical care nurses attitudes about patient autonomy and their willingness to act as patient advocates. The researcher developed a questionnaire for data collection. The convenience sample was comprised of 39 critical care nurses who were members of a local chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. The hypothesis was not supported (r =.28, p >.05). However, there were additional findings that revealed several significant differences in mean scores. Master's prepared nurses had a significantly more positive attitude about patient autonomy (p =.01). Those respondents in the 36-40 and 41-45 year age categories (p =.04), those with a master's degree (p =.03), and those who had a living will (p =.03), showed a significantly greater willingness to act as a patient advocate.

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Nursing, Health and environmental sciences

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