Objective: To identify the knowledge of the nursing team about palliative care in Intensive Care Units of a private hospital in
Method: Cross-sectional and quantitative performed in two Intensive Care Units, with application of an instrument validated
to 79 professionals in September 2019. Questions with correct answers ≥ 90% represented satisfactory knowledge, between 70%
and 89% moderate and ≤ 69% unsatisfactory.
Results: Among the professionals, 55.7% had moderate knowledge and 43% unsatisfactory knowledge. Professionals are
unaware that palliative care should be based on principles and not protocols with prevalence of errors/were not able to answer
67.1%. Five questions scored satisfactorily, with emphasis on the issue “Reducing pain and human suffering are care addressed in
palliative care” that obtained an index of 100% of correct answers.
Conclusion: The knowledge of nursing professionals about palliative care was considered moderate to unsatisfactory, requiring
educational actions to progress the level of knowledge of the nursing team on the theme.
Keywords: Knowledge; Nursing; Palliative Care; Intensive Care Units