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Nurses' knowledge and attitudes on comfort nursing care for hospitalized patients

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  • Yan-Fang Hou RN,

    Head of Nursing
    1. Department of Cardiology, Liaocheng People's Hospital and Liaocheng Clinical School of Taishan Medical University, Liaocheng, Shandong, China
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  • Ai-Ping Zhao RN,

    Nursing Consultant
    1. Department of Cardiology, Liaocheng People's Hospital and Liaocheng Clinical School of Taishan Medical University, Liaocheng, Shandong, China
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  • Ya-Xin Feng RN,

    Nursing Consultant
    1. Department of Cardiology, Liaocheng People's Hospital and Liaocheng Clinical School of Taishan Medical University, Liaocheng, Shandong, China
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  • Xiao-Ning Cui RN,

    Nursing Consultant
    1. Department of Cardiology, Liaocheng People's Hospital and Liaocheng Clinical School of Taishan Medical University, Liaocheng, Shandong, China
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  • Ling-Ling Wang RN,

    Nursing Consultant
    1. Department of Cardiology, Liaocheng People's Hospital and Liaocheng Clinical School of Taishan Medical University, Liaocheng, Shandong, China
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  • Le-Xin Wang MD PhD

    Professor and Hon. Director, Professor and Head, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Cardiology, Liaocheng People's Hospital, Liaocheng, Shandong, China
    2. Cardiovascular Research Group, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
    • Correspondence: Lexin Wang, School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia. Email: lwang@csu.edu.au

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Abstract

To investigate the knowledge and attitudes of practicing nurses on comfort care for hospitalized patients, a survey was conducted in 311 registered nurses from a major teaching hospital. A total of 212 (68.1%) of the participants showed an adequate knowledge of comfort care. Participants who had 6 years or more working experience returned a higher mean scores on physiological and psychological aspects of comfort care (P < 0.05). The total scores were the highest among participants from intensive care unit and the lowest among participants from the oncology department. Although 282 (90.7%) participants were involved in comfort care, only 210 (67.5%) received formal hospital-based training in this practice. We conclude that there was a large difference in the knowledge between nurses from different departments on comfort care. Continuing education programmes are required to improve the knowledge and skills in comfort care.

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