Measurement of palliative care competencies using PALCOM instrument

Authors

  • Mirza Oruč Department of Nursing, Medical Faculty, University of Zenica, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0670-8256
  • Suad Sivić Institute for Public Health of Canton Zenica, Department of social medicine, organization and economics of healthcare, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dejan Bokonjić University Hospital in Foca, Pediatric Clinic, Foca, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kenan Galijašević Department of Anatomy, Medical Faculty, University of Zenica, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina https://orcid.org/0009-0005-3970-0738
  • Harun Hodžić Department of surgery, Medical Faculty, University of Zenica, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17532/jhs.2024.2254

Keywords:

Palliative care, competencies, PALCOM, instrument, Validity

Abstract

Introduction: An essential component of any profession is competent and confident staff. In palliative care, a wellrounded approach and versatile knowledge of staff and students are of great importance. Measuring these competencies is very important for the development of palliative care and health care.

Methods: Measurement of competencies in palliative care by analyzing existing instruments and questions in palliative care. Process of developing a new instrument for measurement of competencies in palliative care PALCOM, using cross-sectional methodology with nurses from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Results: The results are presenting findings of research done with nurses from BIH using two main variables: Years of work experience and level of education of the participants. Main difference is between the two competencies: Pain assessment and management, education, and care for the patient’s family regarding the level of education.

Conclusion: The need for measuring competencies is evident in the daily evolution of palliative care, community-based palliative care, hospice care, and subspecialized palliative care. There is no questionnaire that can measure all competencies, but the use of the general competencies in the PALCOM questionnaire can cover this area with the measurement of different domains and the competencies specific to these domains.


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15.05.2024

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Measurement of palliative care competencies using PALCOM instrument. JHSCI [Internet]. 2024 May 15 [cited 2024 Jun. 18];14(1):12-6. Available from: https://www.jhsci.ba/ojs/index.php/jhsci/article/view/2254