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Table 2 General PC knowledge and attitudes

From: Chinese oncologists’ knowledge, attitudes and practice towards palliative care and end of life issues

Q1-Q5 itemsa (True, False, Unknown) Correct Number Percent
Q1. Palliative care should be provided for patients for whom no curative treatments are available
Q2. Palliative care should not be provided alongside anti-cancer treatment F 129 93.5
Q3. Different people have different ideas about PC T 124 89.9
Q4. Patients who receive PC must accept death F 89 64.5
Q5. Palliative care is the same as hospice care F 117 84.8
Participants who answered everything correctly   55 39.9
Q6.b In your opinion, under what conditions should cancer patients receive PC?
A. When cancer is first diagnosed 45 32.6
B.When patients can no longer undergo surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other anti-cancer therapy 102 73.9
C. When patients’ symptoms can no longer be controlled 77 55.8
D. When patients are mentally disabled 65 47.1
E. When patients proactively request PC 57 41.3
F. When the estimated survival length is less than 3 months 80 58.0
G. When the estimated survival length is less than 6 months 48 34.8
H. Others 13 9.4
Q7-Q9 itemsc Yes No Depends
  N % N % N %
Q7.Would you recommend PC for cancer patients who attend clinic for the first time? 40 29.2 15 11.7 81 59.1
Q8.Do you believe that PC can improve patients’ survival? 75 54.3 8 5.8 55 39.3
Q9.Do you believe that early PC integration can improve patients’ QOL? 100 72.5 9 6.5 29 21.0
  1. aQ1-Q5, Respondents could respond with True, False, or Unknown. “N” represents the number of respondents who answered correctly
  2. bQ6, Respondents could select more than one item in response. Thus, the percentages of Q6 add up to more than 100 %
  3. cQ7-Q9, Respondents could select only one answer