Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Unawareness of the term Palliative Care

1. This survey in this article was conducted by Financial Dynamics (FD). The interviews were conducted via phone from December 16-17 & 19, 2010.

2. The sponsor of this research was The Regence Foundation and The National Journal.

3. The sponsor of this study, specifically The Regence Foundation would have an interest in finding a result because they are one of the largest health insurers and were most likely interested in knowing if people were in understanding about the purpose for Palliative Care. They were probably looking to find if they needed to further inform the public on the term Palliative Care because of its increase in hospitals.

4. Some methodology on the survey was stated, however it didn't specifically say if it was a random sample or not. However it stated that the sample size was 1,000 adults ages 18+ and was done nationally.

5. The results are communicated and presented clearly, by stating the survey findings in a qualitative manner. The number of people familiar with Palliative Care is only a portion of the overall survey and only states the percentage of people unaware of this term. The results of the survey are broken down into a few categories with different findings under each; Palliative Care falling under the headline "Americans believe palliative care should be a top priority in health care".

6. There are no graphs or visual forms of data used in presenting the results of this survey.

Article References
Author- Michelle Andrews
Article Title- "Hospitals increasingly offer palliative care"
Publication Title- The Washington Post
Date- Monday, March 28th, 2011

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