Journal article

General practitioners and palliative care.

MA Wakefield, J Beilby, MA Ashby

Palliat Med | Published : 1993

Abstract

A randomly selected sample of 158 South Australian general practitioners (GPs) were sent a questionnaire which assessed opinions and management practices in the palliative care of terminally ill patients. A total of 117 responses (74%) were received. Most GPs were at least moderately satisfied with the care they were able to give their terminally ill patients, although a substantial number reported difficulties in pain and other symptom control, dealing with relatives' emotional distress and attending to patients' psychosocial needs. There was considerable support for continuing education in these aspects of palliative care. More than half were at least somewhat concerned by opioid side effe..

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