Document Type : Original Article
1 Department of pediatrics nursing, Tabriz univesity of medical sciences,Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of pediatrics nursing, Tabriz univesity of medical sciences, Tabriz, Iran
Background: Provision of pediatric palliative care is of particular importance. Therefore, this study aims to assess knowledge and attitude of nurses working in pediatric wards about this matter.
Methods: The current descriptive study was conducted in 3 hospitals in Tabriz, Iran. The sample consisted of all nurses working in pediatric wards, who were selected through a convenience sampling method. For data collection, a checklist for demographic variables, Palliative Care Quiz for Nursing, and Frommelt Attitudes Toward Care of the Dying Patients were used. Collected data were then analysed using SPSS.
Results: Of the total of 247 questionnaires distributed, 220 were returned completely. Most of the participants were female (96.3%). Their mean age was 32 years, and their mean work experience in clinical wards was 7.22 years. The results showed that the mean total scores of nurses’ knowledge and attitude about pediatric palliative care were 10.70±2.83 and 97.90±98.83, respectively.
Conclusion: Findings of this study showed that nurses have a good attitude and poor knowledge about pediatric palliative care. Considering the findings of this study as well as the importance of pediatric palliative care, it is necessary to improve nurses’ knowledge about this matter. Further studies are also recommended in this regard.