Investigation of the Attitude and Perceptions of Anesthesiologist and General Practitioners on Referring Patients to Palliative Care Centers: A Survey Study Aile Hekimi ve Anestezi Hekimlerinin Palyatif Bakım Merkezlerine Hasta Yönlendirme Konusundaki Görüşleri: Anket Çalışması

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Ütebey G.

Anestezi Dergisi, vol.30, no.1, pp.16-21, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.54875/jarss.2022.37167
  • Journal Name: Anestezi Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), EMBASE, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.16-21
  • Keywords: Anesthesiologist, General practitioner, Palliative care, Survey


© 2022 Anestezi Dergisi. All rights reserved.Objective: Physicians’ approaches are important in refering patients to palliative care centers (PCC). We aimed to evaluate the perceptions and attitudes of general practitioners and anesthesiologist on patient referral. Methods: Anesthesiologist and general practitioners were included in a face to face or telephone interview method survey; predefined written forms were used to collect data and results were analyzed. Results: The research was completed with 207 participants. Groups were different regarding their knowledge about PC, most of the general practitioners responded “I know a litle” and anesthesiologists responded “I know what it is, I can explain it to someone else” (p=0.002). The answers to the question of which patients should be referred to PCC (“End-stage cancer patients” [p=0.018], “Patients referred home care services” [p=0.003] and “Patients having chronic ilness without adequate symptom control” [p=0.004], “Patients having total parenteral nutrition” [p=0.001], “Precence of pressure ulcer” [p<0.001], “Patients refusing discharge” [p=0.037]) were different between anesthesiologists and general practitioners. Conclusion: Anesthesiologists and general practitioners refer patients with different diagnoses and conditions to PCC and knowledge about patient referral to PC is different.