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Evaluation of Comfort and Confidence of Neonatal Clinicians in Providing Palliative Care

Journal title
Journal of palliative medicine
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Peng, N. H.; Liu, H. F.; Wang, T. M.; Chang, Y. C.; Lee, H. Y.; Liang, H. F.
Pages
1558-1565
Volume
21
Number
11

BACKGROUND: Research found that low levels of professional confidence and personal comfort among neonatal clinicians regarding palliative care may indicate a lack of competence and hesitancy to offer neonatal palliative care services. PURPOSE: This study evaluated the factors associated with the confidence and comfort levels of neonatal clinicians providing neonatal palliative care. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey and questionnaire were used to investigate the confidence and comfort levels of neonatal clinicians regarding neonatal palliative care. RESULTS: Research subjects included 154 neonatal clinicians. Clinicians’ confidence in providing neonatal palliative care was significantly impacted by age, marital status, years of professional experience (p < 0.05), and prior palliative care training. Comfort levels were significantly impacted by educational degree, marital status, and years of working experience. Clinicians with a supportive workplace reported increases in both professional confidence (r = 0.286, p < 0.001) and personal comfort (r = 0.521, p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Research reveals the importance of neonatal palliative education and suggests further development of interdisciplinary neonatal palliative care teams to improve clinicians' professional confidence and personal comfort.

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