Factors That Influence the Participation of Healthcare Professionals in Advance Care Planning for Patients With Terminal Cancer: A Nationwide Survey in Taiwan
Peng, Jen-Kuei Chen, Ching-Yu
Social science & medicine (1982) 2010 Jun ; 70(11): 1701-4
A nationwide study was undertaken to investigate participation in advance care planning (ACP) by cancer care professionals following the enactment of the Natural Death Act in Taiwan in 2000. This multi-center study surveyed 600 physicians and nurses working in oncology care wards or palliative care units using a structured mailed questionnaire. Logistic regression analysis revealed that working in a hospice, attitudes about the Natural Death Act and knowledge about the Natural Death Act were three independent factors that positively influenced the participation in ACP. The results demonstrate that the enactment of the Natural Death Act in Taiwan contributes to promoting the participation in ACP. Educating cancer care professionals about practicing palliative care and building positive attitudes toward the Act should be strongly encouraged.
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