Attitude and education needs of emergency doctors in providing palliative and end-of-life care in Hong Kong: A prospective cross-sectional analysis based on self-reported surveys

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Kwun Hang WongYau Ngai Shih

Abstract

Background: With the aging population in Hong Kong, the importance and need of palliative care and end-of-life (EOL) care are brought into the spotlight. The Accident and Emergency Department (AED) is often the first medical contact for the public. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the attitude of emergency doctors in providing palliative and EOL cares in Hong Kong, and to investigate the education needs for emergency doctors in these areas.Methods: A questionnaire study was conducted involving emergency doctors from 6 AEDs in Hong Kong. The questionnaires covered the attitudes of emergency doctors towards the palliative and EOL cares in terms of the role of palliative and EOL care in AED, the specific obstacles in providing such cares, their comfort level with the cares and further education needs The attitudes of emergency doctors from the AEDs with EOL care service were compared with those from the AEDs without such services. Results: One hundred and forty-five emergency doctors completed the questionnaires, in which 60 respondents from the AEDs with EOL care service. Significant proportions from both groups recognized that palliative and EOL cares were an important competence for them, but its role and priority ...Continue Reading

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