Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School Of Nursing, Midwifery And Postgraduate Medicine


Computing, Health And Science

First Advisor

Professor Linda Kristjanson


Decision making in the context of palliative care is particularly complex given the unpredictable illness trajectories experienced by patients and the number of individuals who may be part of the decision making process. This grounded theory study explored and described from the perspective of patients with advanced illness, their experiences of making care decisions. A review of literature at the commencement of the study indicated that there was a lack of evidence to support the best way of ascertaining patient's preferences for involvement in decisions in a palliative care context and almost no research to guide clinicians about the involvement of patients and families in decision making.

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