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Table 3 Availability of training and education and other initiatives in end-of life care in Flemish hospitals in 2007 (N = 37)1-2

From: Policies to improve end-of-life decisions in Flemish hospitals: communication, training of health care providers and use of quality assessments

  Yes No, but plan to No, don't plan to
Availability of training and education of health care providers in end-of-life care N (%) N (%) N (%)
Pain & symptom control 36 (97) 1 (3) 0
Spiritual, psychological & social care for patients 33 (89) 4 (11) 0
Law & regulation 30 (88) 3 (9) 1 (3)
Training in the use of own guidelines 29 (83) 3 (9) 3 (9)
Spiritual, psychological & social care for relatives 28 (82) 4 (12) 2 (6)
Bereavement care 24 (69) 8 (23) 3 (9)
Communication skills with regard to treatment possibilities & care planning 24 (67) 8 (22) 4 (11)
Availability of other initiatives in end-of-life care N (%) N (%) N (%)
Integration of the end-of-life care policy into the quality handbook 16 (43) 15 (41) 6 (16)
Structured approach to palliative care 12 (33) 15 (42) 9 (25)
  1. 1 Absolute numbers (with rounded percentages in parenthesis)
  2. 2 Between 1 and 3 missing values