KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY TO PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOPSICE SERVICES IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

Background: A palliative care and Hospice service is a neglected aspect of medical discipline especially in a developing country like Nigeria. With the global increase in incidence of cancer and HIV/A IDS and 70% of them presenting late, coupled with limited resources, for effective symptom control, palliative care therefore remains the only option left to improve the quality of life of the patients

Objective: To assess the, knowledge and attitudes of patients and their relations to palliative care and hospice services {PC&H} and to fashion out appropriate services for the patients

Materials and methods: A total of 130 participants were studied using a questionnaire which comprised of three parts: Socio-demographic variables. Information about Knowledge and Attitudes towards PC&H.

Results: Sixty nine were patients while 61 were family members. Ninety four [72.3%] had no knowledge of PC&H regardless of level of education and social status. 109 (84%) agreed that symptoms of the terminally ill patients should be treated to improve their quality of life and 75%. of the participants agreed that this will be better done in a Hospice. 106 183% | participants desire to have hospice established in every community, this again was regardless of tribe

Conclusion: There is a gross lack of knowledge about PC&H in our community as, evidenced among, the participants studied. However, there is a positive attitude towards PC&H suggesting a general acceptance, since there is presently no well established Hospice, in Nigeria; we recommend that government and Non governmental organizations should assist in this area. A hospital based Hospice might be a starting point.

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APA

Adenipekun, A & Onibokun, O (2021). KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY TO PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOPSICE SERVICES IN NIGERIA. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/knowledge-and-attitude-of-terminally-ill-patients-and-their-family-to-palliative-care-and-hopsice-services-in-nigeria

MLA 8th

Adenipekun, A and O Onibokun "KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY TO PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOPSICE SERVICES IN NIGERIA" Afribary. Afribary, 15 Mar. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/knowledge-and-attitude-of-terminally-ill-patients-and-their-family-to-palliative-care-and-hopsice-services-in-nigeria. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

Adenipekun, A, O Onibokun . "KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY TO PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOPSICE SERVICES IN NIGERIA". Afribary, Afribary, 15 Mar. 2021. Web. 14 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/knowledge-and-attitude-of-terminally-ill-patients-and-their-family-to-palliative-care-and-hopsice-services-in-nigeria >.

Chicago

Adenipekun, A and Onibokun, O . "KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY TO PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOPSICE SERVICES IN NIGERIA" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 14, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/knowledge-and-attitude-of-terminally-ill-patients-and-their-family-to-palliative-care-and-hopsice-services-in-nigeria