Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1127-1133

Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Najat Zakaria Ibraheem, Eisa Yazeed Ghazwani.

ABSTRACT

Background: The most terminally ill patients are cared for by their family members. This study aimed to explore caregivers' awareness of and perception toward palliative care. Methods and Materials: This cross-sectional study was conducted at Najran University Hospital, Najran Region, Saudi Arabia, and focused on the 124 caregivers of terminally ill patients admitted to the hospital for palliative care or attending the outpatient palliative clinic during the study period. All participating caregivers provided information pertinent to this study using a pretested structured data collection instrument. Results: Analyses revealed that 40 (32.3%) of the 124 caregivers comprising the study sample were unaware of palliative care prior to bringing their family member to the hospital. Respondents mostly sought information from healthcare providers (88, 71%) and the Internet (60, 48.4%). They primarily cited pain relief (48, 38.7%) as the main expectation from palliative care services. Moreover, 56 (45.2%) respondents were of the opinion that raising awareness was the main factor in the promotion of palliative care, and 48 (38.7%) respondents believed that health education about palliative care was inadequate. Conclusion: Palliative care awareness of caregivers of terminally ill patients at Najran University Hospital is insufficient. Most of the participants emphasized the importance of public health education in promoting palliative care services.

Keywords:
Caregivers, cultural awareness, health education, palliative care, perception, KSA, Najran.


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Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Najat Zakaria Ibraheem
Palliative Care, Internal Medicine Consultant, King Faisal Medical Complex, Taif city, Saudi Arabia
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Eisa Yazeed Ghazwani
Family and Palliative Medicine Consultant, Assistant professor of Family and Palliative care, Family and Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Najran University, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Eisa Yazeed Ghazwani, Family and Palliative Medicine Consultant, Assistant professors of Family and Palliative care, Family and Community Medicine Department, Faculty of Medicine, Najran University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; eyghazwani@nu.edu.sa

Publication history
Received 01 Feb 2021
Accepted 24 Apr 2021
Published online 08 May 2021
Published in print 06 Jun 2021

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Ibraheem NZ, Ghazwani EY. Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1127-1133. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


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Ibraheem NZ, Ghazwani EY. Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=51173 [Access: July 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


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Ibraheem NZ, Ghazwani EY. Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1127-1133. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


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Ibraheem NZ, Ghazwani EY. Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited July 25, 2021]; 5(5): 1127-1133. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


Harvard Style

Ibraheem, N. Z. & Ghazwani, . E. Y. (2021) Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (5), 1127-1133. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


Turabian Style

Ibraheem, Najat Zakaria, and Eisa Yazeed Ghazwani. 2021. Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1127-1133. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


Chicago Style

Ibraheem, Najat Zakaria, and Eisa Yazeed Ghazwani. "Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1127-1133. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Ibraheem, Najat Zakaria, and Eisa Yazeed Ghazwani. "Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.5 (2021), 1127-1133. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Ibraheem, N. Z. & Ghazwani, . E. Y. (2021) Caregivers' awareness and perception of palliative care at Najran University Hospital, Najran region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1127-1133. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612183365


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