Frequency and perceived competence in providing palliative care to terminally ill patients: a survey of primary care physicians

Title

Frequency and perceived competence in providing palliative care to terminally ill patients: a survey of primary care physicians

Creator

Farber NJ; Urban SY; Collier VU; Metzger M; Weiner J; Boyer EG

Publisher

Journal Of Pain And Symptom Management

Date

2004

Subject

Humans; Physician-Patient Relations; Data Collection; Physician's Practice Patterns/statistics & numerical data; United States/epidemiology; Palliative Care/statistics & numerical data; Terminally Ill/statistics & numerical data; Quality Assurance; Professional Competence/statistics & numerical data; Health Care/methods; Primary Health Care/statistics & numerical data; Terminal Care/statistics & numerical data

Description

We surveyed primary care physicians about their involvement and perceived skills in palliative care. A survey instrument asked how frequently internal medicine and family practice physicians performed 10 palliative care items. Subjects rated their skills in each area. A majority of physicians always or frequently performed all 10 palliative care items, but fewer than 50% of respondents adequately attended to the spiritual needs and economic problems of patients. Interest in palliative care was associated with an increased frequency in performing palliative care items (P = 0.036), while training in palliative care was associated with better perceived performance (P = 0.05). Only 36% of respondents had received training in palliative care. Internists and family practitioners provide palliative care to patients, but feel their skills are lacking in certain areas. Training may improve care to patients at the end of life.
2004

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

364-372

Issue

4

Volume

28

Citation

Farber NJ; Urban SY; Collier VU; Metzger M; Weiner J; Boyer EG, “Frequency and perceived competence in providing palliative care to terminally ill patients: a survey of primary care physicians,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 28, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13049.

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