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Title: Perception of Nurses’ Knowledge about Palliative Care in West Bank/ Palestine: Levels and Influencing Factors
Authors: Toqan, Dalia$AAUP$Palestinian
Malak, Malak$Other$Other
Ayed, Ahmad$AAUP$Palestinian
Hamaideh, $Other$Other
Al-amer, Rasmieh$Other$Other
Keywords: knowledge
palliative care
socio-demographic factors
Issue Date: 22-Oct-2022
Publisher: Sage
Series/Report no.: DOI: 10.1177/08258597221133958;
Abstract: Objective: Healthcare professionals particularly nurses should be professionally prepared with knowledge about the standards of palliative care and their roles in providing palliative care. Nurses’ knowledge about palliative care and influencing factors has not been examined adequately in Arab countries including Palestine. Thus, this study aimed to assess the adequacy of knowledge level and influencing factors (socio-demographic) about palliative care among nurses in West Bank/ Palestine. Methods: A descriptive correlational design was utilized. A cluster random sampling method was applied to select 12 hospitals from the three regions in West Bank. Then, four hospitals were selected from each region using a simple random method. All registered nurses working in critical care units and medical and surgical wards in the selected hospitals were recruited. The sample consists of 424 registered nurses and data were collected using Palliative Care Quiz for Nursing (PCQN). Results: The Findings revealed that nurses’ level of knowledge about palliative care was low/inadequate (M=7.75, SD=2.96). Knowledge about palliative care was influenced by age (B=−.106; p < 0.05), gender (B =−.223; p < 0.001), and hospital ward (B =−.597; p < 0.001), in which younger nurses, females, and those who work in critical care units reported higher levels of knowledge about palliative care. Conclusions: Findings of this study emphasized the need for developing educational and training courses, seminars, and workshops on palliative care to increase nurses’ knowledge in order to enhance the quality of patient care. Also, policymakers should develop national strategic plans and policies regarding palliative care and apply these plans in all hospitals in West Bank/ Palestine.
ISSN: ISSN:0825-8597
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