Journal article

Skills, expertise and role of Australian emergency clinicians in caring for people with advanced cancer

GA Jelinek, CH Marck, J Weil, H Lane, J Philip, M Boughey, TJ Weiland

BMJ SUPPORTIVE & PALLIATIVE CARE | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To explore the views of Australian emergency department (ED) clinicians about their skills, role and expertise in caring for people with advanced cancer. METHODS: A cross-sectional electronic survey of doctors and nurses working in Australian EDs was undertaken. Comparisons were made by demographics and whether respondents had received palliative care education. RESULTS: The sample comprised 444 doctors (response rate 13.5%), the majority Fellows (emergency medicine specialists) of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and 237 nurses, from all states, territories and regions (metropolitan and regional). A minority (n=123, 20.6%) felt that the ED was not an appropriate ..

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