Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Elaine Eshbaugh, Honors Thesis Advisor


Terminal care; Death;


The need for quality end-of-life care has increased drastically around the world in the last few centuries due to a surge in life expectancy. As people are living much longer, they are developing and succumbing to chronic progressive diseases which can significantly decrease quality of life. But what exactly does it mean to care for the aging population who are nearing death? Defining quality care at the end-of-life is important but also differs for individuals based on a variety of factors including age, culture, and life experiences. End-of-life care does not come as “one size fits all” and it challenges our healthcare system to design flexible treatment plans aimed to achieve a good death. When considering what is important to individuals during end-of-life, we must consider factors contributed by patients and their families but also by physicians and other care providers (nurses, chaplain, social workers). Therefore, the purpose of this literature analysis is to explore specific factors of treatment which need to be considered in order to improve end-of-life care as well as focus on the core elements necessary to provide individuals with a dignified death.

Year of Submission



School of Applied Human Sciences

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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1 PDF file (21 pages)



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Gerontology Commons