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BMC Palliat Care. 2019 Feb 12;18(1):20. doi: 10.1186/s12904-019-0405-x.

Hospice care education needs of nursing home staff in South Korea: a cross-sectional study.

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1
The Catholic University of Korea College of Nursing, 222 Banpo-Daero, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, 06591, South Korea.
2
The Catholic University of Korea College of Nursing, 222 Banpo-Daero, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, 06591, South Korea. yha@catholic.ac.kr.
3
WHO Collaborating Centre for Training in Hospice and Palliative Care, The Research Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, South Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

While the importance of hospice care education in nursing homes is recognized, the volume of research on the specific educational needs of caregivers in hospice care in nursing homes is still lacking. This study aimed to assess educational needs in hospice care among the nursing home staff in South Korea, and to examine factors related to their education needs.

METHODS:

This is a cross-sectional descriptive study. A total of 324 nursing staff members recruited from 15 nursing homes in South Korea participated in this cross-sectional study. Measurements included demographic information, organizational characteristics, education experiences in hospice care, and educational needs in hospice care based on questionnaires developed by Whittaker and colleagues. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, and multiple regression techniques.

RESULTS:

In the present study, 70.6% (nā€‰=ā€‰218) of respondents reported that they had previous experience with education in hospice care and expressed their continued need for further education. The provision of care in the last days of a patient's life was the most frequent issue identified by nursing home staff for further education. Factors predicting educational needs in hospice care included provision of hospice care services in nursing homes and the existence of hospice care team meetings in the institution. Multiple regression analysis resulted in 14.3% of explained variance in the educational needs of nursing home staff in hospice care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nursing home staff members showed high levels of need for training in hospice care. Therefore, it is imperative for nursing home administrators to initiate and support well-suited hospice care education for multi-level care workers on an ongoing basis.

KEYWORDS:

Aged; Education; Hospices; Nursing homes; Nursing staff

PMID:
30755208
PMCID:
PMC6373091
DOI:
10.1186/s12904-019-0405-x
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