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Perception of Medical Students on the Need for End-of-Life Care: A Q-Methodology Study

Abstract: End-of-life care and the limitation of therapeutic effort are among the most controversial aspects of medical practice. Many subjective factors can influence decision-making regarding these issues. The Q methodology provides a scientific basis for the systematic study of subjectivity by identifying different thought patterns. This methodology was performed to find student profiles in 143 students at Cantabria University (Spain), who will soon deal with difficult situations related to this topic. A chi-square test was used to compare proportions. We obtained three profiles: the first seeks to ensure quality of life and attaches great importance to the patient's wishes; the second prioritizes life extension above anything else; the third incorporates the economic perspective into medical decision-making. Those who had religious beliefs were mostly included in profile 2 (48.8% vs. 7.3% in profile 1 and 43.9% in profile 3), and those who considered that their beliefs did not influence their ethical principles, were mainly included in profile 3 (48.5% vs. 24.7% in profile 1 and 26.8% in profile 2). The different profiles on end-of-life care amongst medical students are influenced by personal factors. Increasing the clinical experience of students with terminally ill patients would contribute to the development of knowledge-based opinion profiles and would avoid reliance on personal experiences.

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 Fuente: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2022, 19, 7901

Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 28/06/2022

Nº de páginas: 16

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19137901

ISSN: 1661-7827,1660-4601

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137901

Autores/as

JORGE BARROS GARCIA-IMHOF

ANDRES FERNANDO JIMENEZ ALFONSO

MARIA FERNANDEZ ORTIZ

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ CASTRO