Implementation of an advance directive teaching protocol with nurses in a metropolitan hospital

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1998-08

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Murphy, Wanda

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A quasi-experimental pretest-posttest control group design was used in this evaluative research to measure the effectiveness of social support in the form of an educational and functionally supportive intervention and its positive influence on the completion rate of an advance directive by 60 RNs and LVNs (30 control, 30 experimental) in a metropolitan hospital. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses' (AACN) program, "Discovering Your Beliefs about Health Care Choices," was used in the intervention. Descriptive and inferential statistics and measures of central tendency were used to analyze the data. A chi square analysis was used to test the hypothesis. The result indicated a significant difference between the groups (X2 = 4.812, df = 1, p =.028). RNs and LVNs who received individualized social support in the form of an educational functionally supportive intervention were more likely to complete an advance directive than nurses who did not receive individualized social support.

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