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Chew KS, Ghani ZA
Correspondence: Dr Chew Keng Sheng, email@example.com
INTRODUCTION Family presence (FP) during resuscitation is an increasingly favoured trend, as it affords many benefits to the critically ill patient’s family members. However, a previously conducted study showed that only 15.8% of surveyed Malaysian healthcare staff supported FP during resuscitation.
METHODS This cross-sectional study used a bilingual self-administered questionnaire to examine the attitudes and perceptions of the general Malaysian public toward the presence of family members during resuscitation of their loved ones. The questionnaires were randomly distributed to Malaysians in three different states and in the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur.
RESULTS Out of a total of 190 survey forms distributed, 184 responses were included for analysis. Of the 184 respondents, 140 (76.1%) indicated that they favoured FP during resuscitation. The most common reason cited was that FP during resuscitation provides family members with the assurance that everything possible had been done for their loved ones (n = 157, 85.3%). Respondents who had terminal illnesses were more likely to favour FP during resuscitation than those who did not, and this was statistically significant (95.0% vs. 73.8%; p = 0.04).
CONCLUSION FP during resuscitation was favoured by a higher percentage of the general Malaysian public as compared to Malaysian healthcare staff. This could be due to differences in concerns regarding the resuscitation process between members of the public and healthcare staff.
Keywords: family presence, invasive procedures, Malaysian, resuscitation
Singapore Med J 2014; 55(8): 439-442; http://dx.doi.org/10.11622/smedj.2014104
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