An Assessment of Palliative Care Beliefs & Knowledge

Topic: Education


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This study evaluated the level of perceived competency and knowledge regarding palliative care among healthcare personnel at a 7-hospital not-for-profit healthcare system; and determined if there was a significant difference in perceived competency and knowledge, between healthcare personnel who participated in an intercultural palliative care/end-of-life training program and those who did not.

Using a pre-experimental static-group comparison design; a non-randomized sample of healthcare personnel were administered a demographic questionnaire to assess perceived competence (End-of-Life Professional Caregiver Survey [EPCS]) and a knowledge assessment (Palliative Care Survey [PCS]). The results revealed a significant negative association between perceived competency and knowledge scores, (Spearman’s rho= -.380, n=330, p=.000).  Those who did not take the course perceived themselves more competent when compared to those who took the course (Mann-Whitney U=21,332, z=4.827, p=.000).  Participants who took the training course scored significantly higher on knowledge than those who did not (Mann-Whitney U=10,257.00 z=-3.797 p=.000).  This study supports the need for ongoing education to increase knowledge of palliative care among healthcare personnel and further exploration of the underlying reason for the negative association between perceived competency and knowledge.


  • Yvonne Patten
  • Baptist Health of South Florida
  • 8900 N Kendall Drive
  • Miami, FL 33176
  • (786) 596-0092


  • Carolyn L. Lindgren, PhD, RN
  • Maria M. Ojeda, ARNP, MSN, MPH, DNP, PHD

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