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Table 2 RN attitudes toward patient care at the end-of-life depending on the department

From: Attitudes of registered nurses about the end – of – life care in multi-profile hospitals: a cross sectional survey

Row. No. Statement Surgical department Intensive care department Internal medicine department N = 1055
M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) p
n = 344 n = 195 n = 516  
1 The patient should continue to receive all interventions to prevent pressure sores 4.66 (0.59) 4.73 (0.53) 4.68 (0.51) 0.331c
2 The patient is entitled to a dignified and painless death 4.62(0.60) 4.69 (0.54) 4.67 (0.56) 0.392c
3 The patient should always be given the opportunity to receive last rituals that are appropriate to the religious and spiritual beliefs of the patient and their family 4.60 (0.58) 4.62 (0.62) 4.60 (0.58) 0.839c
4 The patient should be cared for in the privacy of a private room 4.55 (0.60) 4.56 (0.67) 4.54 (0.63) 0.659c
5 During EOL care, oro/endotracheal suction should be continued to maintain the airway of the patient 4.45 (0.60) 4.44 (0.67) 4.42 (0.60) 0.629c
6 Healthcare professionals working with patients with extremely serious conditions and frequent deaths, need psychological help 4.20 (0.79) 4.05 (0.83) 4.01 (0.89) 0.009c
7 The family and friends of the patient should be permitted to visit at any time, day or night 4.16 (1.04) 3.28 (1.25) 4.04 (1.09) < 0.001c
8 It is advisable for a patient suffering from an incurable disease to be given the optimum amount of painkillers, despite the fact that this would accelerate his death 4.14 (0.78) 4.21 (0.76) 4.20 (0.78) 0,419c
9 Patients have the right to refuse treatment, even though this would result in their death 3.87 (0.93) 3.86 (0.97) 3.95 (0.91) 0.354c
10 Some patients may be excluded from their treatment and nursing decisions because of doubts about their ability to assess the situation 3.86 (0.78) 3.92 (0.80) 3.83 (0.83) 0.481c
11 Talking with doctors about solving end-of-life problems in a patient has a positive effect on nurses’ job satisfaction 3.76 (0.94) 3.91 (0.86) 3.73 (0.98) 0.128c
12 During EOL care, the patient should continue to receive fluids to maintain hydration 3.72 (1.04) 3.87 (1.04) 3.70 (1.03) 0.126c
13 Nurses have sufficient knowledge of their patients to make an informed decision about what they want 3.67 (0.97) 3.62 (0.97) 3.71 (1.01) 0.393c
14 Interviews with the patient’s family about solving the patient’s end-of-life problems have a positive influence on nurses’ job satisfaction 3.64 (1.00) 3.66 (0.95) 3.59 (1.01) 0,730c
15 Patient consciousness should not be permanently suppressed by sedation 3.52 (1.01) 3.27 (1.06) 3.69 (1.01) < 0.001c
16 You feel psychologically prepared to deal with critical care issues 3.49 (1.01) 3.67 (1.05) 3.66 (0.97) 0.011c
17 Nurses must respect the patient’s wishes, even if they are contrary to their own beliefs 3.32 (1.01) 3.29 (1.09) 3.32 (1.06) 0.941c
18 The family and friends of the patient should be permitted to visit the patient at the bedside without a restriction on the number of family members and friends 2.92 (1.19) 2.63 (1.17) 2.91 (1.24) 0.006c
  1. Used Kruskal Wallis Test