The impact of a palliative care team on residents' experiences and comfort levels with pediatric palliative care

Title

The impact of a palliative care team on residents' experiences and comfort levels with pediatric palliative care

Creator

Wu KL; Friderici J; Goff Sarah L

Publisher

Journal Of Palliative Medicine

Date

2014

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; United States; Palliative Care; patient care team; Pediatrics; Adult; Attitude of Health Personnel; Questionnaires; Internship and Residency; Practice; Attitudes; Health Knowledge

Description

BACKGROUND: 8,600 children are eligible for palliative care services each day in the US, yet many pediatric residents and pediatricians do not feel comfortable providing palliative/end of life care. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a palliative care team (PCT) on pediatric and internal medicine/pediatric (IM/Peds) residents knowledge, comfort level and experience providing pediatric palliative care (PPC). DESIGN: Electronic 32-item questionnaire. SUBJECTS: Pediatric and IM/Peds residents at ACGME accredited programs during the 2011-2012 academic year. MEASUREMENTS: Residents' PPC training, knowledge, comfort levels and experiences. RESULTS: Nearly two-thirds of 294 respondents (63.6%; 95% CI: 58.2, 69.1) selected a description of PPC that describes palliative care as starting at the time of diagnosis regardless of treatment goals. Participants who reported the presence of a PCT at their institution selected this accurate description of PPC more often than those who did not report the presence of a PCT (72.3% vs. 53.3%; p<0.001, Fisher's Exact Test). Overall, 55.3% (95% CI: 49.2, 61.3) were comfortable providing PPC. Reporting the presence of a PCT was also associated with more comfort in providing PPC (p<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Reported presence of a PCT may be associated with greater resident comfort in providing PPC and a more accurate understanding of PPC. There remains ample opportunity to educate pediatric and IM/Peds residents in PPC.
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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

80-84

Issue

1

Volume

17

Citation

Wu KL; Friderici J; Goff Sarah L, “The impact of a palliative care team on residents' experiences and comfort levels with pediatric palliative care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 21, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15003.

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