METHODS: A cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire, adapted from UNC (University of North Carolina) TRxANSITION self-assessment tool was conducted to evaluate patients' transition care readiness in paediatric haematology and paediatric diabetes clinic.
RESULTS: A total of 80 patients (37 thalassaemia and 43 diabetes) with the mean age of 21.2 (SD±4.3) years, were recruited during the 3-month study period. Majority of the patients have basic knowledge regarding their medications, and were able to comply with their follow-up. The mean total score obtained by the respondents on this questionnaire was 15.3 (SD±3.59). Self-management skills and knowledge on disease were the two poorly scored section; with mean score of 3.78 (SD±1.38) and 4.28 (SD±1.20) respectively. Overall, only 21 (26.2%) respondents obtained high score (score above 75th percentile). Seventy-five percent of the respondents admitted that they were not ready for transfer to an adult healthcare service yet at the time of the study.
CONCLUSION: We suggest that patients with high score should be prepared for transition to adult facility whereas those with a low score need to be identified to ensure provision of continuous education.
OBJECTIVE: To understand the psychological processes involved in the experiencing of suffering at the end phase of life.
METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 20 palliative care inpatients from an academic medical centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The transcripts were thematically analysed with NVIVO9.
RESULTS: 5 themes of psychological processes of suffering were generated: (1) perceptions, (2) cognitive appraisals, (3) hope and the struggles with acceptance, (4) emotions and (5) clinging. A model of suffering formation was constructed.
CONCLUSION: The findings may inform the development of mechanism-based interventions in the palliation of suffering.