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Understanding emergency department staff needs and perceptions in the provision of palliative care

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



OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of the present study was to investigate Australian ED staff perspectives and needs regarding palliative care provision. Secondary aims were to assess staff views about death and dying, and their awareness of common causes of death in Australia, particularly those where a palliative care approach is appropriate. METHODS: All medical and nursing staff working in a private ED in Perth, Western Australia, were asked to complete a combined quantitative and qualitative survey. The survey tool uses a combination of Likert-type scales and open-ended questions. Descriptive statistics and intergroup comparisons were made for all quantifiable variables, whereas formal content..

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