Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2016 Dec;19(4):310-321. 10.14475/kjhpc.2016.19.4.310.

The Perceptions and Needs of Hospice Palliative Care and Shared Decision Making among Middle-Aged Adults

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. soo1005@kmu.ac.kr
  • 2Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Bundang, Korea.
  • 3Research Institute of Nursing Science, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study is to examine the level of understanding of hospice palliative care (HPC) and shared decision making (SDM) among middle-aged adults.
METHODS
Data were collected from 90 middle-aged adults living in D city using a self-reported questionnaire. The SPSS program was used to analyze the data.
RESULTS
Among the participants, 76.7% were aware of the HPC while 82.2% of the participants were not aware of SDM. Among all, 85.6% responded positively for needs of HPC, and 77.8% of participants for SDM. Participants with Christian faith (Protestants and Catholics), high income level and present illness were better aware of HPC than others. The most needed services were nursing care and treatment along with systematic counseling and explanation provided by the medical staff. There was also a significant relationship between the HPC factors, gender, income, current health status and current illness status. Participants with high income level were well aware of SDM. Stronger SDM needs were observed among participants with professional jobs or current illness.
CONCLUSION
For continued discussion on HPC and SDM, it is necessary to implement and promote various education programs for medical staff and the public.

Keyword

Perception; Health services needs and demand; Middle aged; Hospice care; Decision making

MeSH Terms

Adult*
Counseling
Decision Making*
Education
Health Services Needs and Demand
Hospice Care
Hospices*
Humans
Medical Staff
Middle Aged
Nursing Care
Palliative Care*
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