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The Straits Times: Most health professionals feel unprepared to give palliative care, survey finds – 26 March 2021

SINGAPORE: Most healthcare professionals in Singapore feel unprepared to provide palliative care for patients with life-threatening illnesses, a survey found yesterday.

But more are becoming aware of the importance of this field, which focuses on relieving pain and improving quality of life for the seriously ill or dying.

A Singapore Hospice Council survey of 2,326 healthcare professionals conducted last year revealed that only about four in 10 received training in palliative care.

Of those trained, 58 per cent of doctors, 45 per cent of nurses and 60 per cent of allied health professionals felt it was not enough to prepare them to support critically ill patients.

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