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Table 2 Participant’s responses to PaCKS items on Knowledge of Palliative Care

From: Examining public knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards palliative care: a mixed method sequential study

Palliative Care Items (PaCKS) Correct Response Accurate Statement,
n (%)
Inaccurate Statement,
n (%)
A goal of palliative care is to address any psychological issues brought up by serious illness True 694 (57.8%) 507 (42.2%)
Stress from serious illness can be addressed by palliative care True 760 (63.3%) 441 (36.7%)
Palliative care can help people manage the side effects of their medical treatments True 863 (71.9%) 338 (28.1%)
When people receive palliative care, they must give up their other doctors False 759 (63.2%) 442 (36.8%)
Palliative care is exclusively for people who are in the last 6 months of life False 536 (44.6%) 665 (55.4%)
Palliative care is specifically for people with cancer False 776 (64.6%) 425 (35.4%)
People must be in the hospital to receive palliative care False 812 (67.6%) 389 (32.4%)
Palliative care is designed specifically for older adults False 812 (67.6%) 389 (32.4%)
Palliative care is a team-based approach to care True 850 (70.8%) 351 (29.2%)
A goal of palliative care is to help people better understand their treatment options True 796 (66.3%) 405 (33.7%)
Palliative care encourages people to stop treatments aimed at curing their illness False 730 (60.8%) 471 (39.2%)
A goal of palliative care is to improve a person’s ability to participate in daily activities True 726 (60.4%) 475 (39.6%)
Palliative care helps the whole family cope with a serious illness True 870 (72.4%) 331 (27.6%)