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Knowledge of primary care pediatricians about pediatric palliative care in the Principality of Asturias, Spain

Journal title
Boletin medico del Hospital Infantil de Mexico
Publication year
2020
Author(s)
Moya-Dionisio, V.
Pages
195-201
Volume
77
Number
4

BACKGROUND: To know and assess the experience and knowledge among primary care pediatricians about pediatric palliative care in the Principality of Asturias (Spain). METHODS: A descriptive and cross-sectional analysis was conducted using a survey among primary care pediatricians in the Principality of Asturias between May and June 2018. RESULTS: The majority of participants (77%) did not receive previous training, and 100% considered that their knowledge on the subject was insufficient, although 37% had occasionally attended to palliative care patients. Almost all participants (97%) considered that a pediatric palliative care unit is necessary. CONCLUSIONS: The knowledge of primary care pediatricians about pediatric palliative care is deficient in the Principality of Asturias, a region where no exclusive pediatric unit exists. It would be interesting to seize the opportunity to improve the training of these pediatricians, given their great willingness, and to incorporating the subject into colleges and medical intern formation as well.

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