Singh, A. R., Bagadia, V. N., Pradhan, P. V., & Acharya, V. N. (1988). Death, dying and near death experience: Preliminary report on surveying the need and developing the method. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 30(3) 299-306.
Abstract: Psychology of deaths due to acute medical emergencies is under-researched. Most studies till now have concentrated on extended-death situations like malignancy. This open pilot study of twenty five patients examines the psychological state of patients during a life threatening acute medical illness (Group A, ten patients) and of those who survive such an experience (Group B, fifteen patients). The study finds psychological exploration both possible and necessary if carried out in a discreet manner. Salient features of the interview technique are discussed. The study finds out whether patients are aware of the possibility of terminality. The psychological disturbances manifest and nature of care expected are also discussed. Near Death Experiences of those who acknowledge their occurrence are reported. Some nuances of thanatological research are high-lighted; What are the abilities needed in an interviewer? Can such exploration increase psychological distress in a patient already prone to it because of serious medical sickness? What impact such research can have on the interviewer himself? The paper answers some of these common questions while developing the method of thanatological study in acute medical death-situations.
Copyright: © 1988. Reprinted with permission of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
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