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Table 1 Attitudes related to palliative care and palliative care services (Adapted from Cherny et al. [12]; N = 40 (total and by specific group in %)

From: Attitudes of oncologists towards palliative care and the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) at an Ontario cancer center in Canada

  Percent agreed (%) Lower 95 % CI (%) Upper 95 % CI (%) p value comparing all 3
Medical oncologists should coordinate the care of cancer patients at all stages of disease, including end-of-life care 30.0 18.1 45.4 0.000
 Medical oncologists 41.2 21.6 64.0  
 Radiation oncologists 0.0 0.0 19.4  
 Generalists 71.4 35.9 91.8  
Palliative care begins where medical oncology ends 10.0 4.0 23.1 0.821
 Medical oncologists 11.8 3.3 34.3  
 Radiation oncologists 6.3 0.3 28.3  
 Generalists 14.3 0.7 51.3  
Have you received good training in palliative care during your oncology fellowship? 51.4 35.6 67.0 0.504
 Medical oncologists 52.9 31.0 73.8  
 Radiation oncologists 56.3 33.2 76.9  
 Generalists 0.0 0.0 65.8  
All advanced cancer patients should receive concurrent palliative care even if they are receiving anti-tumor therapies 77.5 62.5 87.7 0.137
 Medical oncologists 82.4 59.0 93.8  
 Radiation oncologists 62.5 38.6 81.5  
 Generalists 100.0 64.6 100.0  
Dying patients do not belong in the oncology ward 42.5 28.5 57.8 0.530
 Medical oncologists 52.9 31.0 73.8  
 Radiation oncologists 37.5 18.5 61.4  
 Generalists 28.6 8.2 64.1  
Managing patients with advanced cancer and dying patients make you depressed 20.5 10.8 35.5 1.000
 Medical oncologists 18.8 6.6 43.0  
 Radiation oncologists 25.0 10.2 49.5  
 Generalists 14.3 0.7 51.3  
You prefer someone else looking after your dying patients 40.5 26.3 56.5 0.142
 Medical oncologists 56.3 33.2 76.9  
 Radiation oncologists 35.7 16.3 61.2  
 Generalists 14.3 0.7 51.3  
Do you feel satisfaction from your work managing patients with advanced cancer and dying patients? 82.5 68.1 91.3 0.187
 Medical oncologists 88.2 65.7 96.7  
 Radiation oncologists 68.8 44.4 85.8  
 Generalists 100.0 64.6 100.0  
Your clinical practice deals with palliation in non dying patients (“symptoms management”) but not with the palliation of the dying patient (“end-of-life care”) 32.5 20.1 48.0 1.000
 Medical oncologists 35.3 17.3 58.7  
 Radiation oncologists 31.3 14.2 55.6  
 Generalists 28.6 8.2 64.1  
Palliative care specialists “steal” patients who would otherwise benefit from medical oncology 0.0 0.0 8.8 N/A
 Medical oncologists 0.0 0.0 18.4  
 Radiation oncologists 0.0 0.0 19.4  
 Generalists 0.0 0.0 35.4  
Palliative care (or hospice) physicians don’t have enough understanding of oncology to counsel patients with advanced cancer regarding their treatment options 20.5 10.8 35.5 0.666
 Medical oncologists 23.5 9.6 47.3  
 Radiation oncologists 13.3 3.7 37.9  
 Generalists 28.6 8.2 64.1