PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, vol.28, no.6, pp.877, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI)
Research aim: This study aims at determining the palliative care practices of the nurses working in the gynecological oncology units. Study population: The population comprised of all of 65 nurses who work in three state and three university hospitals where the palliative care is rendered in the gynecological oncology units. Study design and methods: This is a descriptive study. The research data was collected by means of face-to-face interviews through the semi-structured questionnaires from June 30 2012 to September 30, 2012. Method of statistical analysis: The package software SPSS 19.0 was used to analyze the research results on the basis of the descriptive statistics (quantity, percentage). Results: It was determined that the participants got knowledge on the palliative care by 47%, whose mostly used the on-job training courses (71%). The participant patients with gynecologic cancers more frequently had such symptoms as “pain” (100%), “nausea and vomit” (92.5%) and fatigue (86.2%). The participants with pain symptom was by 95.5% found to use analgesics on prescription, while the entire participants with nausea-vomit symptom used antiemetic drugs on prescription, and the bed rest was suggested for 87.5% of those with fatigue symptom. The participants were determined to take care of the ethical rules on the end-of-life care, as a portion of 73.8% abstained from talking about death with the patients and their families. The participants were however determined to support by 66.2% the claim “the patient has the oppioid phobia” in palliative care practice, while 80% of them declined the claim “the people has not enough knowledge on the palliative care, and the patients do not have an adequate demand for the support therapy”. Interpretation: In line with the research results, it was suggested for the pre-graduate and on-job curricula to include the theoretical and applied courses that should be supported with some guidelines on the symptomatic control.