alexa Nurses' Knowledge and Practice toward Gynecologic O
ISSN: 2165-7386

Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine
Open Access

OMICS International organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific Societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Open Access Journals gaining more Readers and Citations

700 Journals and 15,000,000 Readers Each Journal is getting 25,000+ Readers

This Readership is 10 times more when compared to other Subscription Journals (Source: Google Analytics)

Research Article

Nurses' Knowledge and Practice toward Gynecologic Oncology Palliative Care

Fatma Uslu-Sahan1 and Fusun Terzioglu2*

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

2Dean of Faculty of Health Science and Director of Nursing Services of MLP Care, Istinye University, Istanbul, Turkey

*Corresponding Author:
Fusun Terzioglu, PhD, RN
Dean of Faculty of Health Science and Director of Nursing Services of MLP Care
Istinye University, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90-212-481-3688
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: July 05, 2017; Accepted date: July 27, 2017; Published date: July 31, 2017

Citation: Uslu-Sahan F, Terzioglu F (2017) Nurses’ Knowledge and Practice toward Gynecologic Oncology Palliative Care. J Palliat Care Med 7:315. doi:10.4172/2165-7386.1000315

Copyright: © 2017 Uslu-Sahan F, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objectives: Gynecologic cancers are the second main reasons for morbidity in women following breast cancer in Turkey and globally. The majority of patients with gynecologic cancer experience recurrence and die despite aggressive treatment. Because of this, patients with gynecologic cancers remain an ideal population for palliative care. Nurses are an essential part of the palliative care team in providing high standards of care since they spend the longest time with patients. The aim of the study to assess knowledge, practice and opinions about barriers toward palliative care among nurses working in gynecologic oncology units.

Methods: The cross-sectional survey-based study was conducted nurses (N=65) working in six tertiary care hospitals’ gynecologic oncology units in Ankara Province in Turkey. For data collection a survey was used. The descriptive statistics were used in data analysis.

Results: It was determined that 52.3% of the nurses did not receive any knowledge regarding palliative care. The knowledge nurses received was mostly about communication skills (96.8%), pain management (96.8%) and symptom control (96.8%). It was found that 73.8% of the nurses did not talk about death with patients and their families. One of the most common barriers faced by nurses was opioid phobia experienced by patients (66.2%) and healthcare professionals (41.5%).

Conclusions The current study indicates the need for wider coverage of palliative care in the education of preservice and in-service nurses to increase their knowledge and therefore practice. This education needs to be comprehensive in covering the basic principles of palliative care and symptom management and it should be distributed throughout the different courses to discuss palliative care within different contexts, such as gynecologic oncology setting.


Share This Page

Additional Info

Loading Please wait..
Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version