Journal article

How Well Do We Understand Health Care Professionals' Perceptions and Needs in the Provision of Palliative Care? A Mixed Methods Study

Leanne Monterosso, Gail M Ross-Adjie, Ian R Rogers, Freya M Shearer, Jeremy R Rogers

JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Despite palliative care being standard for patients with chronic and/or life-limiting conditions, a perceived lack of clarity regarding the definition and scope of palliative care persists. We aimed to identify health care professionals' (HCPs) perspectives, education, and support needs related to palliative care provision in a large private Australian tertiary hospital. METHODS: A validated survey was administered and four focus groups were conducted with multidisciplinary HCPs. RESULTS: The survey response rate was 50% (n = 302). Although critical care HCPs scored symptom management and patient/family interaction items more highly compared with other HCPs, mean scores (<4.0) fo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the Research Incentive Scheme of the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. We would like to acknowledge Sarah Harris for her assistance with content analysis, Professor Colleen Fisher for focus group facilitation, and Cecily Strange for her assistance with qualitative analysis. We thank all the survey responders and focus group participants.