|Title:||Wishes of Patients With Terminal Cancer and Influencing Factors Toward the Use of Antibiotics in Taiwan||Authors:||CHIEN-AN YAO
|Issue Date:||2015||Publisher:||SAGE Publications Inc.||Journal Volume:||32||Journal Issue:||5||Start page/Pages:||537-543||Source:||American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine||Abstract:||
Context: The use of antibiotics is a common ethical dilemma in palliative care, thus identifying the concerns of patients with terminal cancer and respecting their wishes are important in making an ethically justified decision. Objectives: The aim of this study was to understand wishes of patients with terminal cancer and determine influencing factors toward the use of antibiotics. Methods: Two hundred and one patients with terminal cancer, admitted to a palliative care unit in Taiwan, completed a structured questionnaire interview, including demographic characteristics, knowledge and attitudes on antibiotics, the health locus of control, subjective norms, and the wishes to use antibiotics. Results: The most common misconception was “Antibiotics use is helpful to all terminal patients with infection,” which only 13.4% respondents disagreed. Of the 201patients, 92 (45.8%) expressed their wishes to use antibiotics even in the very terminal stage, and around one-fourth (26.4%) of patients wished not to use antibiotics, the remaining 27.8% were unclear. The most influential persons were medical professionals. The results of logistic regression analysis that showed familiarity with antibiotics, subjective norms, and the attitude toward burdens of antibiotics were the most significant predicting variables for those wishing to use antibiotics (odds ratio [OR] = 4.133, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.012-16.880; OR = 1.890, 95% CI = 1.077-3.317; and OR = 1.255, 95% CI = 1.047-1.503). Conclusion: This study indicated the responsibility of medical professionals to convey burdens of using antibiotics to patients and family. Otherwise, by enhancing professional training and performing effective communication with patients, we can reach a more appropriate decision in the use of antibiotics. ? 2014, ? The Author(s) 2014.
|ISSN:||1049-9091||DOI:||10.1177/1049909114540033||SDG/Keyword:||antiinfective agent; adult; aged; attitude to health; female; human; male; middle aged; neoplasm; palliative therapy; psychology; socioeconomics; Taiwan; terminal care; young adult; Adult; Aged; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Female; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Neoplasms; Palliative Care; Socioeconomic Factors; Taiwan; Terminal Care; Young Adult
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