Presented by: Olanrewaju Onigbogi, Omobola Ojo
Cancer management is currently in a relatively poor state among many Nigerian patients. This study was conducted to assess the willingness of community members to participate in setting up palliative care clubs for these set of patients.
Self administered questionnaires were completed by two hundred and fifty respondents. The ages ranged from 18-63 years. SPSS version 16 data editor was used to analyze data. Univariate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals (95 % CI) were used to evaluate the correlates of willingness to participate (WTP.
A total of 55% of the respondents reported that they will be willing to participate in palliative care for cancer patients. Higher willingness was associated with prior contact with higher education (OR = 1.25, 95% CI: 1.12–1.43), increased levels of awareness (OR = 1.55, 95% CI: 1.35–1.62) and a potential for gifts or other incentives (OR = 1.21, 95% CI: 1.12–1.27). Decreased WTP was associated with concerns about exclusion and social stigmatization. (OR = 0.55, 95% CI: 0.23–0.61) and possibility of contraction of cancer as a disease (OR = 0.88), 95% CI: 0.50–0.93).
The high level of Willingness to Participate indicates the program could be successfully accepted by the community. Provision of incentives and education to dispel rumors as a part of the take-off of this program.