How well do we understand health care professionals' perceptions and needs in the provision of palliative care? A mixed methods study
Mary Ann Liebert Inc.
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Objectives: Despite palliative care being standard for patients with chronic and/or life-limiting conditions, a perceived lack of clarity regarding the definition and scope of palliative care persists. We aimed to identify health care professionals' (HCPs) perspectives, education, and support needs related to palliative care provision in a large private Australian tertiary hospital. Methods: A validated survey was administered and four focus groups were conducted with multidisciplinary HCPs. Results: The survey response rate was 50% (n = 302). Although critical care HCPs scored symptom management and patient/family interaction items more highly compared with other HCPs, mean scores (