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Assessing Medical Students’ Confidence towards Provision of Palliative Care: A Cross-Sectional Study

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 8071; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158071
Received: 20 July 2021 / Accepted: 22 July 2021 / Published: 30 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Palliative and End-of-Life Care)
Under a surging demand for palliative care, medical students generally still show a lack of confidence in the provision in abroad studies. This cross-sectional study aims to investigate the confidence and its association with knowledge, attitude and exposure on providing palliative care among medical undergraduates with a self-administered questionnaire to improve the international phenomenon. Full-time local medical undergraduates were recruited to obtain information regarding the demographics, confidence, knowledge, attitude and exposure on palliative care; the information was collected from July 2020 to October 2020. Questions on confidence (10-items), knowledge (20-items), attitude (10-items) and exposure were referenced from validated indexes and designed from literature review. Confidence level was categorized into “Confident” and “Non-confident” as suggested by studies to facilitate data analysis and comparison. Of the 303 participants, 59.4% were “Non-confident” (95% C.I.: 53.8% to 65.0%) in providing palliative care on average. Among medical students, knowledge (p = 0.010) and attitude (p = 0.003) are significantly positively associated with the confidence to provide palliative care, while exposure to death of family/friends (p = 0.024) is negatively associated. This study begins an investigation on the research area in Hong Kong primarily. The confidence of local medical students should be enhanced to provide palliative care in their future. It thus highlights the importance of the medical curriculum and provides insights to remove barriers responsively to improve the overall confidence and the quality of palliative care. View Full-Text
Keywords: palliative care; confidence; medical students; end-of-life care; KAP palliative care; confidence; medical students; end-of-life care; KAP
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Leung, S.-Y.; Wong, E.L.-Y. Assessing Medical Students’ Confidence towards Provision of Palliative Care: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8071. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158071

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Leung S-Y, Wong EL-Y. Assessing Medical Students’ Confidence towards Provision of Palliative Care: A Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):8071. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158071

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Leung, Shih-Ya, and Eliza L.-Y. Wong. 2021. "Assessing Medical Students’ Confidence towards Provision of Palliative Care: A Cross-Sectional Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 8071. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158071

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