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A cross-sectional study on the attitudes and perceptions of outpatients towards palliative care at the Hong Kong Queen Mary Hospital Hospice Centre

  
@article{APM33998,
	author = {Margaret Kay Ho and Crystal Cheuk Yiu Hsue and Cheng Heng Nicholas Lai and Kwun Ting Chan and Cheuk Nam Cheng and Chun Fung Chow and Ka Ho Lui and Shireen Rashed and Elaine Wong and Wai Yan Yu and Vanessa H. M. Cheung and Steven W. K. Siu and Mei-Ling Ho and Kwok-Keung Yuen and Amy Tien Yee Chang},
	title = {A cross-sectional study on the attitudes and perceptions of outpatients towards palliative care at the Hong Kong Queen Mary Hospital Hospice Centre},
	journal = {Annals of Palliative Medicine},
	volume = {0},
	number = {0},
	year = {2020},
	keywords = {},
	abstract = {Background: Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, by helping them to cope with problems associated with illness. It targets four aspects of health: physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. Most of the current literature on palliative care is limited to the perspectives of health professionals. This study aims to investigate the views of outpatients receiving palliative care at the Hong Kong Queen Mary Hospital Hospice Centre (HKQMHHC), which offers palliative care services to cancer patients.
Methods: This observational cross-sectional study was performed with the completion of a single paper- based original questionnaire over 18 afternoon clinic sessions on Thursdays and Fridays from December 2017 to February 2018 at the HKQMHHC. The questionnaire was designed to examine patients’ perspectives; in particular, the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) was used to assess their symptoms. Descriptive and univariate analyses were performed.
Results: One hundred patients attending HKQMHHC were included in the study. The study revealed that all the mean scores for aspects of care offered at the centre were above 8, on a scale of 0–10 with 0 being extremely inadequate and 10 being extremely adequate. Each respondent was able to identify an average of 1.82 of the 4 aspects of palliative care. Eighty-seven percent of respondents perceived the physical aspect of this care to be of the highest priority. A negative correlation (P},
	url = {http://apm.amegroups.com/article/view/33998}
}