Difficulties and Practices in Palliative Nursing for Cancer Patients in Vietnam

Dan Thi Nguyen, Wei Shu Lai

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A massive demand for palliative care has developed in Vietnam because of the burden of cancer, with more than 70% of patients diagnosed in the terminal stage. Despite the recommended guidelines, palliative nursing in Vietnam has focused mainly on pain management and the treatment of complications. Research is needed to explore the reality of nursing practice and difficulties in palliative nursing. A cross-sectional study was conducted at 6 hospitals in 2 central cities of Vietnam by using the Palliative Care Difficulties Scale and the Palliative Care Self-Reported Practices Scale. All 143 registered nurses reported difficulties providing palliative care, with community coordination being the most difficult aspect and the alleviation of symptoms being the least difficult. The most common practice in palliative nursing was dyspnea management; the least common practice was patient- and family-centered care. The longer nurses had practiced, the less difficulty they experienced in palliative care. The improvement of nursing practice could help minimize the difficulties that nurses encounter when providing palliative care. Palliative nursing could be enhanced through training programs, especially for community coordination and patient- and family-centered care. Further longitudinal studies are recommended for multidimensional perspectives in palliative nursing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-519
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Community and Home Care
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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