ERIC Number: EJ789597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 116
Identifying and Responding to Ethical and Methodological Issues in After-Death Interviews with Next-of-Kin
Williams, Beverly R.; Woodby, Lesa L.; Bailey, F. Amos; Burgio, Kathryn L.
Death Studies, v32 n3 p197-236 Mar 2008
After-death research with next-of-kin can enhance our understanding of end-of-life care and translate into better services for dying persons and their survivors. This article describes ethical and methodological issues that emerged in a pilot of a face-to-face interview guide designed to elicit next-of-kin's perceptions of end-of-life care. The pilot study was part of a larger Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research protocol to improve end-of-life care in VA Medical Centers. By deconstructing the research process from an ethical perspective and engaging in critical self-assessment, the authors aim to inform other researchers of potential problems involved in after-death research with next-of-kin.
Descriptors: Health Services, Death, Ethics, Veterans, Interviews, Family (Sociological Unit), Medical Services, Researchers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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