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Table 5 Healthcare professionals’ responses to questionnaires after implementation of the SCP

From: Implementing a Standardized Care Pathway Integrating Oncology, Palliative Care and Community Care in a Rural Region of Mid-Norway

After 2 months N (Response rate) Nurses (%) Nurse assistants (%) Physicians (%) Healthcare leaders (%)
Received questionnaires 1320   391 (30%) 784 (59%) 69 (5.2%) 76 (5.8%)
Hospital 119   81 (68%) 17 (14%) 15 (13%) 6 (5.0%)
Community care 1201   310 (26%) 767 (64%) 54 (4.5%) 70 (5.8%)
Responded and signed informed consent 355 (27%) 175 (49%) 160 (45%) 18 (5.1%) 61a  
Hospital 35 (29%) 25 (71%) 3 (8.6%) 7 (20%) 7a  
Community care 318 (26%) 149 (47%) 156 (49%) 11 (3.5%) 54a  
Missing data 2          
After 2.5 years           
Received questionnaires 370b   146 (40%) 170 (46%) 20 (5.4%) 34 (9.2%)
Hospital 35   23 (66%) 3 (8.6%) 6 (17%) 3 (8.6%)
Primary care 335   123 (37%) 167 (50%) 14 (4.2%) 31 (9.3%)
Responded 155 (42%) 85 (55%) 58 (37%) 12 (7.7%) 26a  
Hospital 26 (74%) 20 (77%) 2 (7.7%) 4 (15%) 2a  
Community care 129 (39%) 65 (50%) 56 (43%) 8 (6.2%) 24a  
  N (Response rate) After 2 months N (Response rate) After 2.5 years Pc
“Have you started to use the SCP?” 287 (22%) Yes:
No:
53
234
(18%)
(82%)
152 (41%) Yes:
No:
43
109
(28%)
(72%)
0.02
“Have you received education in the SCP for palliative cancer patients in the Orkdal region?” 287 (22%) Yes:
No:
83
204
(29%)
(71%)
153 (41%) Yes:
No:
63
90
(41%)
(59%)
0.01
“Have you taught your colleagues or other HCPs in cancer and palliative care topics during the last six months?” 108 (8.2%) Yes:
No:
34
74
(31%)
(69%)
155 (42%) Yes:
No:
31
124
(20%)
(80%)
0.04
“I feel confident in using high doses of opioids for pain relief also for patients at the end of life” 168d (37%) Agree:
Do not agree:
121
47
(72%)
(28%)
95d (57%) Agree:
Do not agree:
81
14
(85%)
(15%)
0.02
“I feel as confident together with a dying patient as together with other patients” 293 (22%) Agree:
Do not agree:
226
67
(77%)
(23%)
152 (41%) Agree:
Do not agree:
129
23
(85%)
(15%)
0.06
“How often do you ask the patients to fill in a numeric scale from 0 to 10 to assess symptom intensity?” 293 (22%) Sometimes or often:
Not at all:
146
147
(50%)
(50%)
152 (41%) Sometimes or often:
Not at all:
94
58
(62%)
(38%)
0.02
  1. aCategories: nurse/nurse assistant/ physician and leader yes/no
  2. bOnly those who had signed informed consent, received questionnaires (334 + 36 additional participants)
  3. cFisher’s exact test
  4. dNurse assistants excluded