Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2005  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19--22

Knowledge and attitudes of terminally ill patients and their family to palliative care and hospice services in Nigeria


A Adenipekun, A Onibokun, TN Elumelu, OA Soyannwo 
 Department of Radiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan

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A Adenipekun
Department of Radiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan

BACKGROUND: A palliative care and Hospice service is a neglected aspect of medical discipline especially in a developing country like Nigeria. With the global increase in incidence of cancer and HIV/AIDS and 70% of them presenting late, coupled with limited resources, for effective symptom control, palliative care therefore remains the only option left to improve the quality of life of the patients. OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge and attitudes of patients and their relations to palliative care and hospice services {PC&H} and to fashion out appropriate services for the patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 130 participants were studied using a questionnaire which comprised of three parts: Socio-demographic variables, Information about Knowledge and Attitudes towards PC&H. RESULTS: Sixty nine were patients while 61 were family members. Ninety four [72.3%] had no knowledge of PC&H regardless of level of education and social status. 109 [84%] agreed that symptoms of the terminally ill patients should be treated to improve their quality of life and 75% of the participants agreed that this will be better done in a Hospice. 106 [83%] participants desire to have hospice established in every community, this again was regardless of tribe CONCLUSION: There is a gross lack of knowledge about PC&H in our community as evidenced among the participants studied. However, there is a positive attitude towards PC&H suggesting a general acceptance, since there is presently no well established Hospice in Nigeria; we recommend that government and Non governmental organizations should assist in this area. A hospital based Hospice might be a starting point.


How to cite this article:
Adenipekun A, Onibokun A, Elumelu T N, Soyannwo O A. Knowledge and attitudes of terminally ill patients and their family to palliative care and hospice services in Nigeria.Niger J Clin Pract 2005;8:19-22


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Adenipekun A, Onibokun A, Elumelu T N, Soyannwo O A. Knowledge and attitudes of terminally ill patients and their family to palliative care and hospice services in Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract [serial online] 2005 [cited 2023 Jan 28 ];8:19-22
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