What is it about?

This quantitative study aimed to analyse the relationship between knowledge and nurses’ self-confidence (or self-efficacy) in applying palliative care (PC) in the intensive care unit (ICU). This study was a correlational study with a cross-sectional approach. The sampling technique used was total sampling, and the sample included all nurses who were actively working at the general hospital in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, during the study. There were 127 people in total. Data were collected using questionnaires. The Pearson correlation test was used for bivariate analysis. The results of univariate analysis showed that the majority of respondents had high self-confidence but had less knowledge related to PC in the ICU. Based on the results of the bivariate analysis, there was a significant relationship between knowledge and self-confidence variables. The results showed that a high number of respondents had less knowledge in implementing PC in the ICU. Therefore, familiarisation sessions and training related to this are needed, focusing on nurses’ beliefs in their abilities.

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Why is it important?

Key points ●The majority of critical care nurses had high selfconfidence in applying all of palliative care domains in intensive care ●The majority of those critical care nurses who lacked knowledge related to symptom management and psychosocial aspects had high self-confidence ●There were significant increases in self-confidence and knowledge about palliative care among critical care nurses ●These results have significant implications for hospitals conducting familiarisation sessions and training on palliative care in intensve care units

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This page is a summary of: The relationship between nurses' knowledge and self-confidence in implementing palliative care in an intensive care unit, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, April 2020, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2020.26.4.183.
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