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Evaluation of socioeconomic, clinical, cultural and religious variables that influence in the preference of cancer patients between burial or cremation

Grant number: 21/01826-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2021
Effective date (End): April 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Medical Clinics
Principal researcher:Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva
Grantee:Bruna Minto Lourenço
Home Institution: Hospital do Câncer de Barretos. Fundação Pio XII (FP). Barretos , SP, Brazil


Context: The preference between being buried or cremated is an area that has not been scientifically studied, and there is no evidence in Brazil and internationally that assessed the preference of cancer patients in relation to what funeral form they want at the end of their lives. Identifying this preference of the cancer patient can enable institutions and health professionals to conduct the end of life process of this, in order to facilitate the final destination of their body, especially in relation to those patients who live in regions far from the places where they live. are treated, such as at the Barretos Cancer Hospital. Objective: To evaluate the percentage of cancer patients who wish to be cremated after death. Materials and methods: Descriptive, cross-sectional and quantitative study to be carried out at Fundação Pio XII - Barretos Cancer Hospital. Patients will be recruited from clinical oncology outpatient clinics. The sample was estimated at 385 participants. Participants will answer the questionnaire of sociodemographic, clinical and religious data, the Duke University Religiosity Index, data related to cultural context and preference in relation to burial and cremation, and two qualitative questions. The analyzes will be performed with the help of the IBM-SPSS v.21.0 software. The project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Barretos Cancer Hospital. (AU)

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