Knowledge and attitude toward geriatric palliative care among health professionals in Vietnam

Huyen Thi Thanh Vu, Long Hoang Nguyen, Thanh Xuan Nguyen, Thu Thi Hoai Nguyen, Tam Ngoc Nguyen, Huong Thi Thu Nguyen, Anh Trung Nguyen, Thang Pham, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Carl A Latkin, Cyrus S.H. Ho, Roger C.M. Ho

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This study assessed the knowledge and attitude toward palliative care for the elderly among health professionals in a tertiary geriatric hospital in Vietnam and explored their determinants. Cross-sectional data were obtained on 161 geriatric health professionals at the National Geriatric Hospital. Modified-Palliative Care Knowledge Test and Frommelt Attitudes Toward Care of the Dying instruments were used to measure knowledge and attitude toward geriatric palliative care. As a result, 40.5% physicians and 74.2% nurses showed insufficient knowledge about geriatric palliative care (p < 0.05). The lowest score was for dyspnea, following by gastrointestinal and pain problems. No significant difference was found regarding the attitude between physicians and nurses (p > 0.05). Health professional category, age, and years of experience were found to be associated with knowledge about palliative care. Meanwhile, only knowledge score had correlations with total attitude score (Coef. = 0.2; 95%CI = 0.1–0.3), attitude toward patients (Coef. = 0.1; 95%CI = 0.0–0.1) and toward patients’ family (Coef. = 0.1; 95%CI = 0.0–0.1). This study highlights a significant knowledge gap and preferable attitude toward palliative care for the elderly among physicians and nurses in the geriatric hospital. Intensive training about geriatric palliative care, focusing on pain, dyspnea and gastrointestinal issue management, should be performed to ensure the quality of palliative care services, especially in nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2656
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume16
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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Vietnam
Palliative Care
Geriatrics
Health
Nurses
Physicians
Quality of Health Care
Tertiary Care Centers
Dyspnea
Pain

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • FATCOD
  • Geriatric
  • Palliative care
  • PCKT
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Vu, H. T. T., Nguyen, L. H., Nguyen, T. X., Nguyen, T. T. H., Nguyen, T. N., Nguyen, H. T. T., ... Ho, R. C. M. (2019). Knowledge and attitude toward geriatric palliative care among health professionals in Vietnam. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(15), [2656]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152656

Knowledge and attitude toward geriatric palliative care among health professionals in Vietnam. / Vu, Huyen Thi Thanh; Nguyen, Long Hoang; Nguyen, Thanh Xuan; Nguyen, Thu Thi Hoai; Nguyen, Tam Ngoc; Nguyen, Huong Thi Thu; Nguyen, Anh Trung; Pham, Thang; Nguyen, Cuong Tat; Tran, Bach Xuan; Latkin, Carl A; Ho, Cyrus S.H.; Ho, Roger C.M.

In: International journal of environmental research and public health, Vol. 16, No. 15, 2656, 01.08.2019.

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Vu, HTT, Nguyen, LH, Nguyen, TX, Nguyen, TTH, Nguyen, TN, Nguyen, HTT, Nguyen, AT, Pham, T, Nguyen, CT, Tran, BX, Latkin, CA, Ho, CSH & Ho, RCM 2019, 'Knowledge and attitude toward geriatric palliative care among health professionals in Vietnam', International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 16, no. 15, 2656. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152656
Vu, Huyen Thi Thanh ; Nguyen, Long Hoang ; Nguyen, Thanh Xuan ; Nguyen, Thu Thi Hoai ; Nguyen, Tam Ngoc ; Nguyen, Huong Thi Thu ; Nguyen, Anh Trung ; Pham, Thang ; Nguyen, Cuong Tat ; Tran, Bach Xuan ; Latkin, Carl A ; Ho, Cyrus S.H. ; Ho, Roger C.M. / Knowledge and attitude toward geriatric palliative care among health professionals in Vietnam. In: International journal of environmental research and public health. 2019 ; Vol. 16, No. 15.
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