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Table 3 Assessment of pharmacists’ attitude towards palliative care

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

Attitude statement related to palliative careSD (1)
n (%)
D (2)
n (%)
U (3)
n (%)
A (4)
n (%)
SA (5)
n (%)
1.I enjoy working in palliative care (n = 109)16 (14.7)40 (36.7)8 (7.3)32 (29.4)13 (11.9)
2. I feel relaxed around people receiving palliative care (n = 105)5 (4.8)9 (8.6)48 (45.7)36 (34.3)7 (6.7)
3. I feel confident in managing symptoms in palliative care (n = 106)1 (0.9)9 (8.5)35 (33.0)52 (49.1)9 (8.5)
4. I feel comfortable talking about dying to a patient receiving palliative care (n = 105)19 (18.1)39 (37.1)34 (32.4)10 (9.5)3 (2.9)
5. I don’t mind working in palliative care despite its involvement in managing people with life-limiting illness (n = 108)4 (3.7)12 (11.1)58 (53.7)25 (23.1)9 (8.3)
6. There is a difference between providing palliative care service and normal hospital care (n = 108)35 (32.4)54 (50.0)10 (9.3)7 (6.5)2 (1.9)
 SD (5)D (4)U (3)A (2)SA (1)
7. I am not comfortable touching people with terminal illness (n = 107)31 (29.0)51 (47.7)18 (16.8)6 (5.6)1 (0.9)
8. I don’t believe that pharmacists have any role to play as a member of palliative care team (n = 108)68 (62.9)29 (26.9)8 (7.4)1 (0.9)2 (1.9)
9. I feel frustrated because I do not know how to help people receiving palliative care (n = 107)21 (19.6)53 (49.5)25 (23.4)8 (7.5)0 (0.0)
10. It is not rewarding to work with people who are receiving palliative care (n = 108)39 (36.1)51 (47.2)11 (10.2)4 (3.7)3 (2.8)
11. I am not familiar with pain symptoms necessary for palliative care (n = 105)7 (6.7)43 (41.0)18 (17.1)33 (31.4)4 (3.8)
12. Working with terminally ill patients is sad and depressing (n = 107)7 (6.5)26 (24.3)22 (20.6)41 (38.3)11 (10.3)
13. Emotionally I don’t fit into palliative care (n = 103)18 (17.5)42 (40.8)32 (31.1)7 (6.8)4 (3.8)
Cut-off for overall percent attitude scoreFrequency (%)Remark 
> 7514 (12.8)Positive attitude 
≤ 7595 (87.2)Negative attitude 
  1. Maximum obtainable score = 65; % individual score = score obtained by an individual ÷ total obtainable score × 100. Statements 1 to 6 are positive attitude items, and 7 to 13 are negative attitude items. Strongly disagree (SD), Disagree (D), Undecided (U), Agree (A), Strongly agree (SA), n = number