Self-determination: Analysis of the concept and implications for research in palliative care

Academic Article


  • This paper analyzes the evolution and the definition, current use, and application of the concept of self-determination in palliative care research and practice. Undertaken as a foundation for the development of a palliative care research program, the analysis considers selected historical, bioethical, legal, clinical, and relevant medical and nursing health-care literature on adults with chronic and terminal illness. Based on a synthesis of the literature, a conceptual definition is proposed and ways of integrating the concept of self-determination into palliative care intervention research are identified. © McGill University School of Nursing.
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    Author List

  • Bakitas MA
  • Start Page

  • 22
  • End Page

  • 49
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 2