Nearly half of all deaths occur in hospital. Most of end of life care (EOLC) is delivered by non specialist staff. Training is variable and usually not mandatory. How confident are front line staff in delivering EOLC?Methods
All inpatient setting healthcare professionals (HCPs) at a general hospital (549 beds) were invited (through email, hospital general bulletin, team meetings) to answer a 10 item questionnaire covering the five Priorities for Care of a Dying Person: their confidence rating on a Likert 1–7 scale about essentials of care and communication.Methods
Scores 5, 6 or 7/7 = confident; scores 1–4 = not confidentMethods
All responses were anonymised and inputted via Survey monkey.Results
181 responses were received: 50/181 ward nursing staff, 24/181 junior doctors, 21/181 HCAs, 20/181 consultants. Consultants were most confident; junior doctors and ward staff least. For all the least confident areas were discussing food and fluids and instigating an individualised care plan (Table 1).