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The long-term effects of palliative care education on nursing students' positive attitudes towardterminalpatients

  • Shimizu Sachiko
    Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Kagoshima University

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  • 看護学生への緩和ケア教育の長期的な効果
  • 終末期患者に対する態度の講義直後と3カ月後の比較
  • comparison of attitudes before, immediately after, and 3 months after lectures

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The persistence of attitudes toward terminal patients acquired by nursing students from lectures and class-based practical exercises is unclear. The present study investigated whether attitudes persist following palliative care education. Sixty-four nursing students taking a course in palliative care participated in a questionnaire survey using the Frommelt Attitude Toward Care of Dying Scale, Form B, Japanese version before, immediately after, and three months after lectures. The responses of 46 students were analyzed. Attitudes were more positive after lectures. At three months after lectures, both “I. Positivity towards care of dying patients” and “II. Awareness of care focused on the patient and their family” had returned to baseline. Students in this analysis included some who had experienced a relative’s death or who had been present during their dying moments. Despite their experience, three months after lectures there was no different from the students without such experience. Some more approaches are needed to influence the maintenance of a positive attitude toward terminal care.


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