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J Palliat Care. 2000 Spring;16(1):6-14.

Attitudes about care at the end of life among clinicians: a quick, reliable, and valid assessment instrument.

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.


Several initiatives to improve care at the end of life involve educational programs to influence clinicians' attitudes about care for patients with terminal illnesses. The objective of this research was to develop and test a short and easily administered instrument for measuring physicians' and nurses' attitudes towards care at the end of life. The instrument was tested using a cross-sectional study of 50 clinicians (25 physicians and 25 nurses) from general medicine, cardiology, oncology, and geriatric medicine. Both reliability and validity were assessed, and the instrument was found to have acceptable test-retest reliability and construct validity. Such an assessment instrument may be useful in evaluating the impact of initiatives to modify attitudes towards terminal care and in improving the quality of care at the end of life.

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