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Title: What do renal health-care professionals in Singapore think of advance care planning for patients with end-stage renal disease?
Authors: Yee, A.
Seow, Y.Y.
Tan, S.H.
Goh, C. 
Qu, L.
Lee, G.
Keywords: advance care planning
end-stage renal disease
renal healthcare professionals
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Citation: Yee, A., Seow, Y.Y., Tan, S.H., Goh, C., Qu, L., Lee, G. (2011-02). What do renal health-care professionals in Singapore think of advance care planning for patients with end-stage renal disease?. Nephrology 16 (2) : 232-238. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Aim: Previous studies have focused either on advance medical directives rather than advance care planning (ACP), or on patient's perspectives on ACP rather than those of the health-care providers. This study aimed to explore the knowledge, attitudes and experience of renal health-care professionals in Singapore on ACP for patients with end-stage renal failure. Methods: A 41-item questionnaire was distributed to physicians, nurses, medical social workers (MSW) and other allied health professionals working in renal units. The questionnaire had four sections: demographics of the respondents, knowledge of, attitudes to and experience with ACP. Results: Of a total of 620 survey forms, 562 were returned, giving a response rate of 90.6%. Medical social workers and physicians had higher knowledge scores than the rest. Of doctors and MSW, 82.4% and 100%, respectively, considered ACP discussions as part of their role, but only 37.1% of nurses and 38.1% of other allied health-care professionals thought likewise. Nurses appeared to be the least confident in conducting ACP discussions, and most fearful of upsetting patients and families. Medical social workers were the most confident. The main barriers for physicians appeared to be lack of time, concerns regarding family backlash and the perception that patients were not prepared to discuss ACP. Conclusion: Training of renal health-care professionals in ACP should aim to correct misunderstandings surrounding ACP, address potential barriers and impart communication skills. In particular, renal nurses will need encouragement to initiate discussions and be equipped with the skills to do so. © 2010 Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology.
Source Title: Nephrology
ISSN: 13205358
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1797.2010.01401.x
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