Providing education to nurses may increase advance care planning practices
What is it about?
Advance care planning (ACP) is one of the most important issues to provide quality end-of-life (EOL) care. We asked nurses at long-term care facilities throughout Japan about their practices regarding ACP, their recognition of its importance, and their difficulties in providing palliative care. We also analyzed the relationship between these factors and EOL care education.
Why is it important?
We found a large discrepancy between nurses’ practice of ACP and their recognition of its importance. Head nurses working at EOL care education–providing facilities practiced ACP significantly more frequently and had significantly fewer difficulties in providing palliative care. The EOL care education especially about ACP and palliative care is important to resolve the discrepancies between recognition of their importance and their actual implementation.
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