Journal article

Staff perceptions of palliative care in a public Australian, metropolitan emergency department

Andrew Russ, David Mountain, Ian R Rogers, Freya Shearer, Leanne Monterosso, Gail Ross-Adjie, Jeremy R Rogers

EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The primary aim was to investigate staff experiences and attitudes towards palliative care provision in a public metropolitan ED. METHODS: Using a previously validated survey tool, data were collected from ED clinical staff using Likert-type, open-ended and dichotomous items asking about perceptions of palliative care and education needs. Comparisons were made between nursing and medical staff. RESULTS: Medical staff and nurses' perceptions of palliative care were similar, differing on only 10 of 37 (Likert) items. All staff reported confidence with symptom management, whereas medical staff felt more confident with decision-oriented communication and nurses were more supportive of..

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