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A Good Death in Ratnapura : A Qualitative Study

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M. C. Perera ,

General Hospital, Ratnapura, LK
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Consultant ENT Surgeon, Head & Neck Surgeon
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U. Ramadasa,

General Hospital, Ratnapura, LK
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Consultant Physician
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G. M. L. W. Chandrasiri,

General Hospital, Ratnapura, LK
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Medical Officer
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M. A. Thaibudeen,

General Hospital, Ratnapura, LK
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Medical Officer
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K. M. S. N Kalupahana

General Hospital, Ratnapura, LK
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Medical Officer
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Abstract

Introduction: One of the most important goals of medical care in patients having a life limiting illness is achieving a ‘‘good death’’. To achieve this, components of a good death should be identified.

Objectives: To identify the components of a good death in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.

Methodology: A qualitative, prospective serial study was done. The study sample included patients diagnosed as having life limiting illness and being followed up at the ENT, Palliative care and Oncology units at General Hospital Ratnapura.

Results: There were 42 participants in the study. Thirty five (83.33%) of the patients had cancer and 7(16.67%) had non cancer life limiting illnesses. The study identified attributes which fall to 15 categories as common components of ‘‘good death’’.

Conclusion: The main categories of good death in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, were having a good family relationship, having a good relationship with medical staff, Not being aware of death, Fighting against the disease, Dying at ones favourite place, Having faith, Maintaining hope, Maintaining dignity, Freedom from Pain, Physical & Psychological symptoms, Not being a burden to others and Maintaining sense of control. Home was considered the best place to die.

Ceylon Journal of Otolaryngology Vol.4(1) 2015 pp. 20-25

 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjo.v4i1.5225
How to Cite: Perera, M.C. et al., (2015). A Good Death in Ratnapura : A Qualitative Study. Ceylon Journal of Otolaryngology. 4(1), pp.20–25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjo.v4i1.5225
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Published on 23 Nov 2015.
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