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Table 6 Association among pharmacists with or without palliative care training and attitude-related statements toward palliative care

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

 Previous trainingNMean RankMW Up-value
1.I enjoy working in palliative careYes2130.79 
No8559.11<0.001*
2. I feel relaxed around people receiving palliative careYes2167.57 
No8147.330.003*
3. I feel confident in managing symptoms in palliative careYes2158.12 
No8351.080.299
4. I feel comfortable talking about dying to a patient receiving palliative careYes2158.36 
No8250.370.251
5. I don’t mind working in palliative care despite its involvement in managing people with life-limiting illnessYes2156.45 
No8452.140.525
6. There is a difference between providing palliative care service and normal hospital careYes2149.40 
No8554.510.457
7. I am not comfortable touching people with terminal illnessYes2157.76 
No8351.170.335
8. I don’t believe that pharmacists have any role to play as a member of palliative care teamYes2153.12 
No8553.590.940
9. I feel frustrated because I do not know how to help people receiving palliative careYes2158.10 
No8351.080.303
10. It is not rewarding to work with people who are receiving palliative careYes2156.86 
No8452.040.481
11. I am not familiar with pain symptoms necessary for palliative careYes2169.24 
No8247.590.002*
12. Working with terminally ill patients is sad and depressingYes2158.76 
No8350.920.267
13. Emotionally I don’t fit into palliative careYes2055.88 
No8149.800.391
  1. N Number, * Significant difference with Mann Whitney U (MWU) test. Higher mean rank for positive statements (1–6) indicate those who mostly agreed with the corresponding statement, while higher mean rank for negative statements (7–13) suggest those who least agreed with the corresponding statement, level of statistical significance p < 0.05