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We have recently undertaken a study comparing doctors’ and nurses’ attitudes towards palliative care in Kerala, India and Cambridge, UK.
The two countries have very different social and medical cultures, with differing health services and access to palliative care education that may influence clinicians’ attitudes towards end of life care. Palliative medicine is a young discipline in India: it was only approved as a postgraduate specialty in 2011 and there is no nationwide palliative care policy at present. By contrast, palliative medicine is a well-established specialty in the UK and a standard part of medical and nursing student training.
The study sought to compare the attitudes towards palliative care, prioritisation of resources and end-of-life decision-making among doctors and nurses in Kerala, India and Cambridge, UK, and explore the potential for further improvement in services in both localities.
A questionnaire using attitudinal statements and four-point Likert scales was developed from previous instruments,1 ,2 and administered to doctors and nurses working in specialist palliative care and generalist settings in India and the UK (Arthur Rank House Hospice and Addenbrooke's Hospital in the UK and the Institute of Palliative Medicine and Little Flower Hospital in India). Sampling was opportunistic. A translation for non-English speaking nurses from Kerala. Of the 99 respondents 48 were from the …
MW and AK contributed equally.
Contributors AK and MW planned the study, aided by SB's guidance. AK and MW jointly conducted the survey. AK and MW wrote drafts of the short report which were reviewed and improved by SB. AK submitted the study. Please note that the first two named authors (AK and MW) contributed equally to the paper and if possible would like to receive equal credit/‘joint’ first authorship.
Funding Royal Society for Asian Affairs.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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