Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2016 Mar;19(1):11-25. 10.14475/kjhpc.2016.19.1.11.

Factors Related to Emergency Department Healthcare Providers' Attitudes towards End-of-Life Care

Affiliations
  • 1Graduate School of Nursing Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. keumja83@hanmail.net
  • 2College of Nursing & The Nursing Policy Research Institute, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Gerontological Medicine, Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to determine the factors that influence healthcare providers' attitude towards end-of-life care (EOLC) in the emergency department (ED) in hospital settings.
METHODS
From June 1 through June 30, 2014, a descriptive correlational study was performed with 41 doctors and 105 nurses stationed in the ED.
RESULTS
According to a regression model on the factors affecting healthcare providers' professional attitude towards EOLC, 28.1% of variance (F=15.185, P=0.000) was explained by awareness of death, gender and personal attitude towards EOLC. And 34.1% of the healthcare providers' personal attitude was related with awareness of death, experience of hospice education, occupations and professional attitude towards EOLC.
CONCLUSION
This study demonstrated that attitude towards EOLC was influenced by awareness of death and personal characteristics. Healthcare providers in the ED should be provided with tailored training to improve their understanding of death. Also an educational program should be developed and provided to ED healthcare providers to improve their awareness of death.

Keyword

Health personnel; Hospital emergency service; Terminal care; Hospice care; Attitude

MeSH Terms

Delivery of Health Care*
Education
Emergencies*
Emergency Service, Hospital*
Health Personnel
Hospice Care
Hospices
Humans
Occupations
Terminal Care
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