Effectively discussing palliative care with patients

Effectively discussing palliative care with patients and families requires knowledge and skill. The purpose of this study was to determine perceived needs of inpatient

nurses for communicating with patients and families about palliative and end of life care.

Method—A non-experimental design was utilized. Sixty inpatient nurses completed the End of Life Professional Caregiver survey.

Results—Effects for years of experience and unit were found [F(9,131.57)=2.22, p=0.0246; Wilk’s Λ=0.709 and F(6,110)=2.49, p=0.0269]. For all three domains (Patient and Family-

Centered Communication, Cultural and Ethical Values, and Effective Care Delivery) years of

nursing experience was positively associated with comfort in communicating about end of life

care. Oncology nurses reported were most comfortable with regard to patient and family-centered

communication.

Discussion—The success and sustainability of this service is dependent on education for healthcare providers. Studies are needed to determine best ways to meet this educational

challenge.

Keywords

Palliative Care; End of Life Care; End

Palliative Care; End of Life Care; End of Life Professional Caregiver survey; Patient-Centered Communication

Direct correspondence to: Cheryl Moir RN/CHPN, St. Luke’s Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care, 190 E. Bannock St., Boise, ID 83712; moirc@slhs.org; Telephone: (208) 850-3498; FAX: (208) 381-2725.

Conflicts of Interest The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

HHS Public Access Author manuscript Int J Palliat Nurs. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 March 01.

Published in final edited form as: Int J Palliat Nurs. 2015 March ; 21(3): 109–112. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2015.21.3.109.

 

Palliative Care; End of Life Care; End of Life Professional Caregiver survey; Patient-Centered Communication

Direct correspondence to: Cheryl Moir RN/CHPN, St. Luke’s Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care, 190 E. Bannock St., Boise, ID 83712; moirc@slhs.org; Telephone: (208) 850-3498; FAX: (208) 381-2725.

Conflicts of Interest The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

HHS Public Access Author manuscript Int J Palliat Nurs. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 March 01.

Published in final edited form as: Int J Palliat Nurs. 2015 March ; 21(3): 109–112. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2015.21.3.109.

 

of Life Professional Caregiver survey; Patient-Centered Communication

Direct correspondence to: Cheryl Moir RN/CHPN, St. Luke’s Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care, 190 E. Bannock St., Boise, ID 83712; moirc@slhs.org; Telephone: (208) 850-3498; FAX: (208) 381-2725.

Conflicts of Interest The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

HHS Public Access Author manuscript Int J Palliat Nurs. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2016 March 01.

Published in final edited form as: Int J Palliat Nurs. 2015 March ; 21(3): 109–112. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2015.21.3.109.

 

 

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