[Nursing practice in palliative care with terminally ill cancer patients in an interdisciplinary team: A case study in Lebanon]

Rech Soins Infirm. 2020 Jun;(141):60-69. doi: 10.3917/rsi.141.0060.
[Article in French]


Nurses in Lebanon are poorly prepared to provide palliative care (PC), and practice in this area is poorly documented. This qualitative descriptive study aimed to understand the reality of nursing practice in PC, with terminally ill cancer patients, within an interdisciplinary team. A simple case study was conducted with eleven nurses, three families, an interdisciplinary team, and national experts in PC. Data analysis, carried out with triangulation of both methods and sources, highlighted a humanist relationship characterized by caring, transcending the five central emerging themes : the perception of PC as a means of offering a better quality of life, comprehensive patient care, interdisciplinarity, spirituality, and family support during PC. The results could provide empirical foundations to guide the development of PC nursing practice in the country.

MeSH terms

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Lebanon
  • Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Qualitative Research