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International Journal of Palliative Care
Volume 2015, Article ID 469174, 6 pages
Research Article

Attitudes of Nonpalliative Care Nurses towards Palliative Care

1St George Hospital, Kogarah, NSW 2217, Australia
2Centre for Research in Nursing and Health, St George Hospital, Level 1 James Laws House, Kogarah, NSW 2217, Australia
3School of Nursing, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia

Received 26 September 2014; Revised 1 December 2014; Accepted 11 December 2014

Academic Editor: Luc Deliens

Copyright © 2015 Victoria Tait et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The quality of palliative care given to terminally ill patients and their family members can be directly impacted by the attitudes that nurses hold towards palliative care. This study aimed to investigate the attitudes of nonpalliative care nurses towards death and dying in the context of palliative care. Nurses working within the medical aged care, cardiology and respiratory wards at two metropolitan teaching hospitals in Sydney completed the Frommelt Attitudes Towards Care of the Dying (FATCOD) scale, an anonymous self-administered questionnaire, and a twelve-item demographic questionnaire. A total of 95 completed surveys were used in the final analysis. The total FATCOD score was , patient FATCOD was , and family FATCOD was . Of significance, the professional variables designation and role were associated with attitudes in the total FATCOD and country of birth, designation, highest level of education, and role were associated with attitudes towards the patient FATCOD. Scores for communication between the nurse and the terminally ill patient were poor. Health care facilities should focus on developing strategies to improve the communication skills among nonpalliative care nurses in order to optimize patient outcomes.