Factors Associated With Emergency Department Health Professionals' Attitudes Toward Family Presence During Adult Resuscitation in 9 Greek Hospitals.

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      Background: Different cultural context results in variability in health professionals' attitude toward family presence in the emergency department (ED) during resuscitation. Knowledge about emergency department health professionals' (EDHPs') attitude toward family presence during resuscitation (FPDR) in Greece can contribute to the understanding of cultural and value-related obstacles and opportunities to implement this practice. It would be useful for Greek health professionals when they have to care for citizens from other countries in which guidelines for FPDR exist to understand their difference in behavior and reaction and be more tolerant. Objectives: To explore Greek EDHPs' experiences, concerns, and benefits regarding FPDR and determine the contributing factors that are associated with their positive or negative attitude about the process. Methods: A convenience sample of 305 health professionals working in the ED of 9 general hospitals of the National Healthcare System in northern Greece participated in a cross-sectional study (response rate, 87.6%). Results: Positive experience of FPDR was encountered in 65.9% of EDHPs. Only 2.3% reported that they work in EDs where FPDR is allowed. Hospital regional location, previous positive experience of FPDR, and competency in supporting family members during FPDR were independently associated with a positive attitude toward FPDR. Conclusions: Greek EDHPs are not ready to accept FPDR practice. The establishment of formal policy similarly to resuscitation guidelines and family-centered training courses are needed to mitigate negative beliefs. Attempts to enhance positive attitude should include educational interventions providing knowledge on the benefits of FPDR. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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