Attitudes and views of physicians and nurses towards cancer patients dying at home

Miquel Porta, Xavier Busquet, Manuel Jariod

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The objective was to study attitudes and views of primary care professionals towards terminally ill cancer patients who die at home, using a cross-sectional study based in the health district of Manresa (province of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) of the Catalan Health Service, involving 151 primary health care professionals (87 physicians and 64 nurses). By using a self-responded anonymous questionnaire (response rate 89%) it was found that despite excellent motivation, primary care professionals reported widespread frustration and a poor opinion of the quality of care provided to terminally ill cancer patients. Attitudes and views clearly differ by age, sex and geographic setting. In the study area, most professionals are reluctant to disclose the diagnosis of cancer, and this attitude is associated with a more favourable assessment of the support provided to the family. The idea that the most appropriate place of death is at home is strongly linked to the belief that patients ought to be informed of their illness, to feelings of frustration and to youth. These findings further substantiate the need and the potential for ample changes in terminal cancer care in Spain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-126
JournalPalliative Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • Attitude of health personnel
  • Family
  • Home care services
  • Neoplasms
  • Palliative care


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