2018 Volume 13 Issue 1 Pages 89-98
Objective: The purpose of this study was to clarify the job types and related factors that physicians and nurses feel easy to consult about pediatric cancer patients’ and their families’ end of life care. Design and methods: We conducted a self-reported questionnaire survey for physicians and nurses who have experienced at least one case of end of life care of childhood cancer. In the survey, we asked participants about whether they feel easy to consult about 15 job types such as palliative care team, certified nurse specialist in child health nursing, physicians and nurses of the same team. Results: A total of 427 physicians and nurses participated in this study. More than 70% of the respondents felt that it felt easy to consult with three job types such as “Nurses of the same team” and “Physicians of the same team”. Job types of the respondents were the main related factors in the most job types. Physicians felt easier to consult with person in each job type than nurses. Consideration: It was suggested that it would be necessary to consider the systems that allow individual professionals to feel easy to consult with persons in each job type, such as specifying consultation methods and procedures for each job type, and introducing inter-professional education.