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Bachelor of Nursing Studies
RESEARCH PROPOSAL

Title: A quantitative study of the attitude, knowledge and experience of staff nurses on prioritizing comfort measures in care of the dying patient in an acute hospital setting.

Research Proposal submitted to the University of Dublin Trinity College, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Bachelor in Nursing Studies

9th March 2011

I hereby declare that this research proposal is entirely my own work and has not been submitted as an exercise for assessment at this or any other University.

Signed:……………………………………………………… Print Name: Date:

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Acknowledgements The author would like to thank and gratefully acknowledges the following people, who helped make this project possible: my mother for her continued support, my husband and daughter for keeping me going and my uncle who proof read my work. A special thank you goes my tutor and my facilitator for being so understanding and supportive during the development of this research proposal. Their practical guidance motivated me to keep going.

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Contents

Title Page…………………………………………………………………………...i Declaration ………………………………………………………………………...ii Acknowledgements……………………………………………………………….iii Contents Page…………………………………………………………………….iv Abstract …………………………………………………………………………....vi

CHAPTER 1
1.1 Introduction …………………………………………………………………....1 1.2 Literature Review..................................................................................... 1 1.3 Identification of the dying phase……………………………………………..2 1.4 Comfort Care .………………………………………………………………….4 1.5 Symptom Control………………………………………………………………6 1.6 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………...8 1.6 Research Problem……………………………………………………………..8 1.7 Research Question………………………………………………………….....8 1.8 Objectives…………………………………………………………………….....9

CHAPTER 2 – METHODOLOGY
2.1 Introduction to Research Method …………………………………………...10 2.2 Research Design………………………………………………………………10 2.3...