Assessing knowledge of Medical undergraduate students on palliative care in end-stage disease patients
To assess the knowledge on palliative care of undergraduate medical students of the 9th and 10th semesters at Universidade Nove de Julho.
A self-applied and self-explanatory questionnaire was prepared with 9 objective questions and given to 50 undergraduate medical students of these semesters. The content was related to palliative care, addressing some topics, such as orthothanasia, dysthanasia, euthanasia and clinical cases. The questionnaire was applied from November 2007 to February 2008.
As to correct answers, the rates were 84%, 42%, 38% and 40% to questions 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively. Question 7 was correctly answered by 84% and Question 8 by 30%. Question 9 achieved 100% correct answers. Regarding Question 5, there was no right or wrong answer, and 24% of the students chose alternative A, 32%, alternative B and 44%, alternative C. In Question 6, the students could tick more than one alternative, if necessary: 22% chose alternative A, 6%, alternative B, 2%, alternative C, 20% chose D and 6% responded alternative E; 36% opted for both alternatives B and D, and 6% of students answered alternatives B, C and D.
Medical students that will conclude the undergraduate course are aware of the nature and the importance of palliative care, even when they have no previous experience during training at university.