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Table 3 Detailed analysis of individual opinions of the doctors

From: What do young doctors know of palliative care; how do they expect the concept to work?

Statement Agree Neutral Disagree
“The number of patients in need for palliative care is on the rise” 298 (85%) 37 (10%) 16 (5%)
“All dying patients should receive palliative care” 169 (48%) 82 (23%) 100 (29%)
“Patients should be informed about their prognosis be it favourable or otherwise” 238 (68%) 89 (25%) 24 (7%)
“Family/Loved ones should decide which details about the illness the patient should receive” 108 (31%) 102 (29%) 141 (40%)
“Steroids improve the quality of life of palliative patients” 140 (40%) 164 (47%) 47 (13%)
“There would be no difference in the way a patient with a terminal diagnosis is approached by a Palliative Specialist as opposed to other specialists” 49 (14%) 65 (18%) 237 (68%)
“More hospices should be established in Sri Lanka” 312 (89%) 34 (10%) 5 (1%)
“Introduction of a “Hospital Palliative Care Team/Unit” will improve patient care in Sri Lankan hospitals” 334 (95%) 16 (5%) 1 (0%)
“Home based palliative care is much required by Sri Lankan society” 317 (90%) 29 (8%) 5 (2%)
“The burden of other non-communicable diseases is less frequent than that of cancer” 56 (16%) 29 (8%) 266 (76%)