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Coll Antropol. 2013 Dec;37(4):1133-7.

Can Croatian medicine do without palliative medicine?--Study investigating the need for formal education.

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1
University of Zagreb, University Hospital Centre Sestre milosrdnice, Department of Traumatology, Zagreb, Croatia. cengict@me.com
2
Medical Clinic Sveti Rok, Zagreb, Croatia.
3
Teaching Institute of Public Health of Primorsko-Goranska County, Rijeka, Croatia.
4
University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia.
5
University of Rijeka, School of Medicine, Department for Medical Informatics, Rijeka, Croatia.
6
University of Rijeka, School of Medicine, Rijeka, Croatia.
7
University of Zagreb, University Hospital Centre Sestre milosrdnice, Department of Traumatology, Zagreb, Croatia.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the public's, i.e. citizens' attitude on one hand, and health-care professionals' attitude on the other, regarding the public education in palliative care. Also, the assessment of health-care professionals' attitude regarding the need to establish a sub-specialty in palliative medicine in Croatia was performed. The study was carried out during 2007 and 2008 in the capitals of 7 Croatian counties, involving 2353 participants. Two types of anonymous questionnaire were distributed. Citizens were surveyed at public places, business offices, waiting rooms, while health-care professionals were surveyed in medical centers. The survey was conducted personally by the authors, i.e. "face to face" with the respondents. The collected data were entered into a database and analyzed, taking into account the anonymity, privacy and data confidentiality. The response rate was 99% for the public and 97% for health-care professionals. 44% of the public thought that educating the public in palliative care is absolutely necessary, and 42% that it is mostly necessary; compared with 47% of health-care professionals who thought education was absolutely necessary, and 45% who thought it is mostly necessary. In addition, health-care professionals were asked about their opinion regarding the establishment of a sub-specialty in palliative medicine and 76% of respondents considered it absolutely necessary. Both the public and health-care professionals recognize the need for public education in palliative care. The authors wish to especially emphasize health-care professionals' perception of a great need for the establishment of an official medical curriculum and a medical sub-specialty in palliative medicine.

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