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Table 1 Response to the 18-items general knowledge questions about palliative care and its principles among pharmacists

From: Pharmacists’ knowledge, attitude and involvement in palliative care in selected tertiary hospitals in southwestern Nigeria

StatementTrue, n (%)False, n (%)
1.Palliative care involves provision of care only to patients who have no curative treatment available (n = 108)43 (39.8)65 (60.2)a
2. Non-medical practitioners are active participant in palliative care (n = 108)63 (58.3)a45 (41.7)
3. Palliative care is to be provided by doctors and nurses alone (n = 109)3 (2.8)106 (97.2)a
4. Palliative care is required only for patients who are near death (n = 108)18 (16.7)90 (83.3)a
5. Palliative care only involves pain management (n = 108)25 (23.1)83 (76.9)a
6. Palliative care involves providing patients with relief from their symptoms (n = 109)66 (60.6)a43 (39.4)
7. Regular opioids intake should not be combined with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for palliative care patients (n = 99)45 (45.5)54 (54.5)a
8. Long term use of opioids for palliative care patients does not often induce addiction (n = 107)91 (85.0)a16 (15.0)
9. Palliative care should not be provided alongside anti-retroviral treatment (n = 99)5 (5.1)94 (94.9)a
10. One of the goals of pain management in palliative care is to get good night sleep (n = 108)14 (13.0)a94 (87.0)
11. Benzodiazepines should be effective for controlling delirium in palliative care patients (n = 93)71 (76.3)a22 (23.7)
12. Palliative care does not involve maintaining patient medication profile overtime (n = 105)8 (7.6)97 (92.4)a
13. Palliative care should not be provided in conjunction with curative care at the time of diagnosis of a potential life-limiting illness (n = 101)14 (13.9)87 (86.1)a
14. The goals of palliative care and pharmaceutical care are consistent (n = 108)101 (93.5)a7 (6.5)
15. Medication therapy is the cornerstone of all symptom control in palliative care (n = 104)67 (64.4)37 (35.6)*
16. Involvement in palliative care activities by pharmacists may decrease the need for medical emergencies (n = 103)103 (100.0)a0 (0.0)
17. Pharmacist in palliative care should be less concerned about monitoring non-prescription medication use for safety and effectiveness (n = 107)3 (2.8)104 (97.2)a
18. Pharmacists in palliative care communicate with pharmaceutical manufacturers to determine the availability of nonstandard dosage forms (n = 99)61 (61.6)a38 (38.4)
Cut-off for overall percent scoren (%)Remark
 > 7523 (21.1)Adequate
  ≤7586 (78.9)Inadequate
  1. a = Correct answer. Maximum obtainable score = 18; % individual score = score obtained by an individual ÷ total obtainable score × 100, n = number