Perceptions of Pediatric Palliative Care among Physicians Who Care for Pediatric Patients in South Korea

Title

Perceptions of Pediatric Palliative Care among Physicians Who Care for Pediatric Patients in South Korea

Creator

Yu J; Song IG; Kim CH; Moon YJ; Shin HY; Kim MS

Publisher

Journal of palliative medicine

Date

2019

Subject

article; care behavior; caregiver; child; controlled study; decision making; education; human; multicenter study; oncologist; palliative therapy; pediatric patient; perception; prognosis; quality of life; questionnaire; South Korea; terminal care; tertiary care center; workforce

Description

Background: Despite advances in medical technology, resources for pediatric palliative care (PPC) for children with serious illnesses are limited in South Korea. Physicians' awareness of and willingness to provide general palliative care and refer to specialized palliative care are key elements for providing PPC. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore physicians' perceptions of PPC and the differences therein between nononcologists and oncologists. Design: A nationwide survey was conducted among physicians caring for children in 45 tertiary hospitals in South Korea. Measurements: A questionnaire was developed to identify the confidence in and need for PPC, appropriate timing for PPC referrals, and perceived barriers to PPC. Results: Overall, 141 physicians responded (response rate: 10.4%). Physicians' confidence in PPC was low, although most reported a high need for PPC. Lack of workforce and facilities specialized in PPC (60.2%) and patients' or caregivers' negative recognition (55.9%) were reported as the main barriers to PPC implementation. Specialized PPC services in children's hospitals were preferred as the model of care (84.2%). Compared with nononcologists, oncologists showed higher confidence levels in decision making and communication with patients and families with poor prognosis (p = 0.041) and education and providing end-of-life care (p < 0.001). Furthermore, oncologists preferred earlier referrals than did nononcologists. Conclusions: To promote PPC provision and improve the quality of life of pediatric patients and their families, it is important to introduce PPC early into disease-modifying treatment at any level of health care. Developing education and training curricula regarding PPC for health care providers caring for children with severe illnesses is crucial.

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December 2019 List

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Citation

Yu J; Song IG; Kim CH; Moon YJ; Shin HY; Kim MS, “Perceptions of Pediatric Palliative Care among Physicians Who Care for Pediatric Patients in South Korea,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 25, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16559.

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