Erfahrungen am Lebensende: Eine Umfrage bei Ärzten und Pflegenden eines Spitals für anthroposophisch erweiterte Medizin

Klein, Sabine; Kohler, Sara; Krüerke, Daniel; Templeton, Arnoud; Weibel, Adrian; Haraldsson, Erlendur; Nahm, Michael; Wolf, Ursula (2017). Erfahrungen am Lebensende: Eine Umfrage bei Ärzten und Pflegenden eines Spitals für anthroposophisch erweiterte Medizin. Complementary medicine research, 25(1), pp. 38-44. Karger 10.1159/000478090

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Background: The perceptions of dying persons during the last weeks and days of their lives have rarely been investigated. It is known that spirituality becomes more important towards the end of life. In anthroposophy, it is assumed that during the process of dying the soul and spirit are detached from the physical body and enter the spiritual world. Method: We conducted a retrospective survey among physicians and nurses working at the Klinik Arlesheim. The written questionnaire consisted of 60 closed and 5 open questions on observations and perceptions of end-of-life experiences (ELE). Results: The response rate was 18% (21 questionnaires). The phenomena observed most frequently in patients during their last weeks of life were as follows: patients suddenly possessed much confidence and energy; burdensome emotions were increased; patients commuted back and forth between different realities. The respondents described ELE as a source of spiritual comfort for the dying as well as the relatives. Conclusion: Physicians and nurses working in a hospital for anthroposophically extended medicine in Switzerland reported ELE of their patients similar to those reported in studies conducted in England. Physicians and nurses wished for more information during their education in order to feel more confident when dealing with ELE.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (IKIM)

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Klein, Sabine and Wolf, Ursula


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Estelle Langer

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20 Feb 2018 14:30

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