2020, Cilt 7, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 262-270
Determination of Death Anxiety in Physicians and Nurses Working in Internal Clinics
Şuhule TEPE MEDİN1, Sevilay HİNTİSTAN2, Yavuz ÖZORAN3
1Hemşire, Ordu Devlet Hastanesi, Altınordu/Ordu,Türkiye
2Prof. Dr., Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü, İç Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Trabzon, Türkiye
3Prof. Dr., Avrasya Üniversitesi Rektörlüğü, Trabzon, Türkiye
Keywords: Anxiety, death, death anxiety, nurse, physician

Aim: The study was conducted to determine death anxiety in physicians and nurses working in internal clinics.

Material and Methods: This study is of descriptive type. The population of the study consisted of 51 physicians and 196 nurses working in internal clinics of Ordu State Hospital; the sample consisted of a total 186 people including 47 physicians and 139 nurses who meet the study eligibility criteria. The data were collected using “Personal Information Form” and “Death Anxiety Scale”. Percentage, mean, minimum and maximum values, t test and one-way ANOVA test were used in the evaluation of the data.

Results: It was determined that physicians and nurses had moderate level of death anxiety but the death anxiety of nurses was significantly higher than physicians. While physicians' death anxiety was affected by the number of children, people living together at home and the level of piety, the death anxiety of nurses was statistically significantly affected by their working position in the institution, frequency of thinking about death, sharing their thoughts about death and receiving in-service training related to death.

Conclusion: Nurses' death anxiety was found to be higher than physicians. It is recommended that physicians and especially nurses are encouraged to find methods that will enable them to deal with death anxiety positively.