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Gülüzar Kara, Morten John Jørgensen & Catrine Ritta Pedersen Thomsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates how nursing homes deal with the ethical dilemma of resuscitation using a defibrillator. The investigation is carried out with special attention as to how both residents and staffs qualify the meaning of a dignified death. In the society of Denmark the general attitude towards death is that it’s a taboo, and it’s viewed as immoral if a person dies. This is mainly because Denmark is society where people are treated, cured or life prolonged as much as possible. As a rule, we resuscitate. In this thesis we are curious as to why some nursing homes have different ethical standpoints to others, assuming that there is a difference between the nursing homes with and without defibrillators. Our investigation takes its offset in the existentially philosophical hermeneutics, where we aim to cover as many parts as possible, to create an overall understanding. The method for this investigation is by using case studies. Flyvbjerg describes this, as information orientated selection of cases, which means we’ve selected a nursing home with a defibrillator and one without. Thus, the nursing homes are carefully picked with the expectation that their individual information content is different, solely based on their ownership of defibrillators or not. We’ve chosen to conduct a method of triangulation, in which we’ll use six individual interviews and one group interview, all involving staffs. Furthermore the study includes; three informal talks with the residents, observations, field notes and the written material from each nursing home. The most important finding in this assignment is that there is a substantial ethical difference between the two nursing homes, as to how they qualify a dignified death. In conclusion, based on the above-mentioned methods and data, we have evidence that the two nursing homes use opposite ethical standpoints, which are utilitarianism and deontology. Key-words: nursing home residents, ethics, hermeneutic, defibrillator, case study, utilitarianism, deontology

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 dec. 2015
VejledereCarsten Juul Jensen


  • hermeneutic
  • deontology
  • nursing home residents
  • ethics
  • defibrillator
  • utilitarianism