Journal article

Community knowledge of and attitudes to palliative care: A descriptive study

Anna Collins, Sue-Anne McLachlan, Jennifer Philip



BACKGROUND: Palliative care is predominantly accessed late in the course of an illness, despite evidence to suggest the benefits of early engagement. Strategies are required to reduce the barriers to the delivery of palliative care. AIM: To describe community understandings of and attitudes to palliative care and explore characteristics significantly associated with favourable attitudes towards palliative care. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey data were collected including several sociodemographic characteristics, knowledge of palliative care and attitudes to palliative care. Correlational analyses identified factors related to positive attitudes to palliative care. Those of significance (p ⩽ ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This study was funded by a scholarship from the Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation and a grant from the Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group, `PC4', funded by Cancer Australia. The funders had no role in the conduct of the study or reporting or interpretation of results.