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Perceived challenges in pediatric palliative care among doctors and nurses in Hong Kong

Journal title
Death studies
Publication year
2019
Author(s)
Chan, W. C. H.; Wong, K. L. Y.; Leung, M. M. M.; Lin, M. K. Y.
Pages
372-380
Volume
43
Number
6

This study aims to examine perceived challenges, including knowledge, skills, self, and work environment, of professionals in providing pediatric palliative care (PPC) in Hong Kong and the differences in perceived challenges between groups. A total of 680 pediatric doctors and nurses participated in the survey. They tended to perceive the provision of PPC as difficult and considered "advanced skills" (those dealing with death-related issues) challenging. Findings indicate that nurses, professionals who are less experienced, do not have children, and have not received palliative care training perceived a higher level of challenges in providing PPC. Implications for training and support are discussed.

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