To determine pediatric nurses' perceptions of intensity, frequency occurrence, and magnitude score of selected barriers in providing pediatric end-of-life (EOL) care.Method:
A translated modified version of National Survey of critical care Nurses' s Regarding End-of-Life Care questionnaire was used to assess 151 nurses' perceptions of intensity and frequency occurrence of barriers in caring for dying children.Results:
The highest/lowest perceived barriers magnitude scores were “families not accepting poor child prognosis” (5.04) and “continuing to provide advanced treatment to dying child because of financial benefits to the hospital” (2.19).Conclusion:
More high perceived barriers by nurses were family-related issues. One of the possible causes of such deficiencies was lack of palliative care (PC) education/PC units in Iran. Thus, developing EOL/PC education may enhance nurses' knowledge/skill to face EOL care challenges.