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Table 5 Perceived factors limiting pharmacists’ involvement in palliative care

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

General factorsYes, n (%)No, n (%)Don’t know, n (%)
Lack of awareness of the need for pharmacists in palliative care (n = 108)86 (79.6)17 (15.7)5 (4.6)
Lack of access to patients’ medication profile (n = 102)72 (70.6)21 (20.6)9 (8.8)
Inadequate knowledge of palliative care among pharmacists (n = 108)65 (60.2)29 (26.9)14 (13.0)
Confusion of role in palliative care (n = 106)62 (58.5)30 (28.3)14 (13.2)
Inadequate knowledge of concept of palliative care (n = 107)60 (56.1)37 (34.6)10 (9.3)
Lack of reimbursement (n = 109)48 (44.0)39 (35.8)22 (20.2)
Lack of pharmacists’ interest to work in palliative care (n = 107)45 (42.1)45 (42.1)17 (15.9)
Fear of being around people with terminal illness (n = 107)32 (29.9)49 (45.8)26 (24.3)
Belief that there could be a spiritual backlash from engaging in palliative care (n = 105)15 (14.3)67 (63.8)23 (21.9)
Other suggested factorsFrequencyPercent
Rivalry among healthcare workers43.6
Non-inclusion of palliative care in pharmacists’ routine rotations21.8
Inadequate professional work environment10.9
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