The aim of this study is to determine the palliative care needs of cancer patients and to examine the knowledge and expectations of the patients and their families about palliative care.
The research was conducted as a descriptive study.The sampling has formed 110 patients and 110 patients families who received a treatment between the dates of June- August 2017. The datas were collected for using socio-demographic and palliative care survey and questionnaire form, Palliative Performance Scale and Edmonton Symptom Scale.
80.9% of the patients have received information about the disease. 76.4% of the patients and 60% their families weren’t aware of palliative/supportive care, and 49.1% of the patient/55.5% of the family have been seen worries and expectations for treatment and care. These anxieties of in the patients 46.4% can’t be like former ones and 31.8% have got a pain, while the anxieties of in the patients families 43.6% were losing their patients life and 33.6% is the extension of the treatments period. 63.6% of the families had problems with maintaining their daily work. 25% of the patients defined palliative care as end-of-life care, while others patients defined it as a symptom management and supportive treatment. Expectations of 99.1% the patients and 97.3% of their families were to learn the treatment and care plan; 97.3% of the patients and 80% of the families were to be included and supported in the decisions taken; 97.3% of patients and 97.3 of the families were to be informed about cost of treatment-care; in the treatment process 77.3% of the patients / 85.5% of the families were wants to be supported psychological and, 77.3% of the patients / 50% of the families were want to be supported with receive religious and; 84.5% of the patients / 70% of the families were want to be told the diagnosis.
it has been suggested that patients and their families should be informed about the palliative care, physical, psychosocial, support from the spirütüel direction, while it is proposed to development of tools for determination of their needs and requirements. Key words: Palliative care, Supportive treatment, Cancer, Knowledge and expectation, Patient and patient family.
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