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Attitudes of physicians to futile treatment at the end of life care

(2013) Attitudes of physicians to futile treatment at the end of life care. Life Science Journal.

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Abstract

Background: Medical futility in the care of a patient is referred to a case in which interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and other medical purposes, it is useless for the patient. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 200 physicians serving in Medical Educational Centres in Qom, Iran from March 2011 to April 2012. Data collected from the questionnaire was twofold as follows: Part I and Part II contains demographic information and physicians' attitudes to futile treatment, r espectively. Data analysis and statistical test Chi - square and t test and one-way ANOVA was performed using SPSS version 16. P<0.05 showed the statistical significance. Results: In this study, 200 physicians, including 51 (5/25) women and 149 (5/74) were male. The mean age of physicians was 41.3 ± 7.8 years. According to data on scores earned by all physicians after scoring from 0 to 25 the total of options according to the doctors at least 11 points and maximum 25 points received, the mean and standard deviation of the total score obtained in this study was 19.5 ± 3.1. Difference between the mean male and female physicians' attitudes score toward futile treatment was significant (p <0/05). Between age and work experience with the attitude there was possetive correlation but not statistically significant. Between education and the workplace no statistically significant relationship was found. Conclusion: Considering the results of this study, there was a tendency to reduce exerting inappropriate treatments and futile procedures between health care professionals (HPCs) in Iran.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: cited By 10
Keywords: Futility; Health care; Medical; Physicians
Subjects: History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany > WZ 305-350 Miscellany Relating to Medicine
Depositing User: مهندس هدی فهیم پور
URI: http://eprints.hums.ac.ir/id/eprint/5101

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