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The New Zealand Medical Journal

 Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 20-January-2012, Vol 125 No 1348

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New Zealandersí knowledge of palliative care and hospice services
Rod D MacLeod, Rachel Thompson, John W Fisher, Kris Mayo, Nathan Newman, Donna M Wilson

Abstract


Aim
This project investigated New Zealandersí views about palliative care and local hospice services.

Method
A representative population-based sample of 1011 New Zealanders completed an online survey.

Results
The age, gender, and geographic region of the 1011 participants were broadly representative of the New Zealand population. Varying awareness of hospice services and palliative care were displayed among respondents, with age and gender influencing awareness.

Conclusions
There was a reasonably good understanding of the concept of palliative care. However, participants could not always identify local hospices, with younger people and males more unaware of accessible hospice services. Low levels of understanding point to the need for continued public education so that the holistic nature of palliative care is understood and accessible hospice services are sought when required.

     
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