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The attitude of health care professionals toward the availability of hospice services for cancer patients and their carers in Saudi Arabia

Almuzaini, A. S, Salek, Mir-saeed, Nicholls, P. J. and Alomar, B. A. 1998. The attitude of health care professionals toward the availability of hospice services for cancer patients and their carers in Saudi Arabia. Palliative Medicine 12 (5) , pp. 365-373. 10.1191/026921698667234126

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Abstract

The main objectives of this study were to assess cancer care and the need for establishing hospice/palliative care for cancer patients and their carers in Saudi Arabia. Six-hundred-and-ninety-five participants (136 cancer patients, 161 informal carers, and 398 health care professionals) were recruited from oncology centres in four major regions of Saudi Arabia. Each group was asked to complete a questionnaire specifically designed to meet the aims of the study. The data obtained from the three different questionnaires indicated that the level of cancer care in the Ministry of Health hospitals was poor compared to other hospitals such as the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, military hospitals or university hospitals in the kingdom, perhaps due to the absence of home care services or periodic follow-up by their regional hospitals. It was also reported that the shortage of drugs used in cancer management, the severe restriction of prescribing narcotic analgesics and lack of cancer care knowledge were the major impediments to providing good cancer care. Thus, the strong inter-relationship among Saudi families, the present poor status of cancer care, cancer patients' and their carers' acceptability of hospice services and of the willingness of health care professionals to receive training in palliative care, illustrate the need for initiating the provision of palliative care services in the Saudi health system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Uncontrolled Keywords: palliative care ; hospices ; attitude ; cancer care facilities ; Saudi Arabia; Islam
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0269-2163
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:59
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/34226

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