Perceived challenges in pediatric palliative care among doctors and nurses in Hong Kong

Wallace Chi Ho Chan*, Karen Lok Yi Wong, M. M. M. Leung, M. K.Y. Lin

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This study aims to examine perceived challenges, including knowledge, skills, self, and work environment, of professionals in providing pediatric palliative care (PPC) in Hong Kong and the differences in perceived challenges between groups. A total of 680 pediatric doctors and nurses participated in the survey. They tended to perceive the provision of PPC as difficult and considered “advanced skills” (those dealing with death-related issues) challenging. Findings indicate that nurses, professionals who are less experienced, do not have children, and have not received palliative care training perceived a higher level of challenges in providing PPC. Implications for training and support are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-380
Number of pages9
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number6
Early online date17 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

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