Title Knowledge, Attitudes and Expectations of Physicians with Respect to Palliative Care in Ecuador: A Qualitative Study.
Authors Davalos-Batallas, Viviana, Mahtani-Chugani, Vinita, LÓPEZ NUÑEZ, CARLA, Duque, Victor, Leon-Larios, Fatima, Lomas-Campos, Maria-de-Las-Mercedes, Sanz, Emilio, LÓPEZ NUÑEZ, CARLA
External publication No
Means Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 2
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85085856466&doi=10.3390%2fijerph17113906&partnerID=40&md5=b07423d256d76a06dc272ed81c135ab8
Publication date 31/05/2020
ISI 000542629600159
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85085856466
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17113906
Abstract Background: The worldwide need for palliative care is high, especially in mid- income countries like Ecuador, where the percentage of patients receiving such care is very small due to the scarcity of infrastructure and specialized personnel and to the unequal distribution in the country. The objective of this study is to explore the knowledge, attitudes and expectations related to palliative care of the physicians in Ecuador. Methods: A qualitative study based on 28 semi-structured interviews, from March 2014 to November 2016, with physicians working in four cities in Ecuador recruited through the snowball technique. Thematic analysis was developed supported by the ATLAS.ti software. Results: Five core themes were identified: (1) training, (2) health policy, (3) professionals' activities, (4) health services and (5) development of palliative care in Ecuador. Conclusions: Strategies are needed which intensify the training of medical professional in palliative care, as well as avail the human resources and materials for providing it.
Keywords disease treatment; health care; health services; health worker; human resource; mortality; qualitative analysis; article; attitude; city; Ecuador; expectation; health care policy; human; medical educa
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