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Table 3 RN attitudes to potential barriers in ensuring patient care at 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
n = 344
Intensive care department n = 195 Internal medicine department
n = 516
N = 1055
M (SD) M (SD) M (SD) p
1 The patient’s relatives having inadequate understanding of the situation interfere with the nurses’ duties 4.16 (0.73) 4.09 (0.75) 4.18 (0.72) 0.319c
2 Nurses have to deal with angry patient’s family members 4.04 (0.86) 4.05 (0.87) 4.18 (0.87) 0.004c
3 Family has no access to psychological help after being informed about the patient’s diagnosis 3.97 (0.91) 4.04 (0.89) 3.86 (1.04) 0.217c
4 Usually there is no time for conversations with patients about their wishes concerning the end of life decisions 3.95 (0.85) 3.89 (0.87) 4.00 (0.87) 0.150c
5 Family members or friends regularly call for a nurse in order to find out about the patient’s condition instead of addressing an informed family member 3.83 (0.87) 4.02 (0.85) 3.83 (0.92) 0.034c
6 Very often, the patient’s family members disagree on which treatment is most appropriate. 3.80 (0.81) 3.75 (0.89) 3.83 (0.85) 0.449c
7 The patient’s family members disagree on what kind of care is the most adequate 3.72 (0.87) 3.90 (0.78) 3.85 (0.87) 0.046c
8 The lack of nursing knowledge on how to treat the patient’s grieving family 3.42 (0.99) 3.33 (0.99) 3.26 (1.06) 0.125c
9 The nurse’s opinion on immediate patient care is not welcome, valued or discussed 3.40 (1.09) 3.46 (1.08) 3.39 (1.11) 0.770c
10 Physicians are too optimistic about the patient’s survival prospects during conversations with the patient’s family members 3.27 (0.99) 3.19 (0.97) 3.25 (1.03) 0.627c
11 Physicians are evasive and avoid conversation with the patient and/or family members 3.09 (1.10) 2.91 (1.07) 3.08 (1.14) 0.251c
  1. Used Kruskal Wallis Test