Older adults and palliative care

Organization profile

Organization profile

The group aims to understand the attitude and coping mechanisms of healthcare personnel towards death in palliative care units. The study will focus on the palliative care services of different institutions in the Metropolitan District of Quito (DMQ). Methodologically, a qualitative and quantitative descriptive study will be integrated. The qualitative approach will involve focus groups to address the questions posed. The quantitative approach, through an observational, descriptive, cross-sectional cohort study, will apply the "Bugen" scale of coping with death among healthcare professionals. The study population includes healthcare professionals working in 8 parishes and 8 Palliative Care Units in the DMQ who meet the inclusion criteria and have signed informed consent. The interest in this topic arises from the lack of both academic and state information justifying the allocation of resources and efforts to address the early onset of Burnout Syndrome in healthcare personnel, for the better quality of life of palliative care patients, to achieve the objectives outlined in the national political agenda related to palliative care. The study will provide data on healthcare personnel's attitudes towards death and their level of coping with it, considering sociodemographic variables of the professionals participating in the study, through a questionnaire to be administered. It is an original, relevant research with innovative characteristics in the national context, as these products and services are not currently available.

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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