Knowledge and Attitudes of Medical Staffin Two Health Districts Concerning Living Wills
SIMÓN-LORDA P, TAMAYO-VELÁZQUEZ MI, VÁZQUEZ-VICENTE A, DURÁN-HOYOS A, PENA-GONZÁLEZ J, JIMÉNEZ-ZURITA P
Atención Primaria 2008;40(2): 61-66
Resumen del Autor:
Objectives. To explore the knowledge and attitudes of physicians towards advance directives in 2 healthcare areas. To compare the outcomes of both areas. To compare the outcomes of primary healthcare and specialised healthcare. Design. A cross sectional, descriptive study by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Setting. North-Málaga and North-Almería healthcare areas, Spain. Participants. Physicians of primary and specialised healthcare. Measurements and main results. Knowledge and attitudes towards advance directives. 194 (63.19%) questionnaires were filled out by the physicians from both healthcare districts. Mean age (standard deviation) 42.54 (80.85); 65.5% of participants were men and 33.5% were women; 51.55% from primary care and 48.45% from specialised healthcare. Conclusions. Polled physicians revealed a positive attitude towards the usefulness of advance directives for the patient's relatives and for healthcare professionals. They also show a positive attitude
towards the use and respect of advance directives. They show a high predisposition to registry their advance directive, but a low predisposition to do so in a short term.
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