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Palliative care education for medical students: Differences in course evolution, organisation, evaluation and funding: A survey of all UK medical schools

Overview of attention for article published in Palliative Medicine, October 2016
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Title
Palliative care education for medical students: Differences in course evolution, organisation, evaluation and funding: A survey of all UK medical schools
Published in
Palliative Medicine, October 2016
DOI 10.1177/0269216316671279
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Steven Walker, Jane Gibbins, Paul Paes, Astrid Adams, Madawa Chandratilake, Faye Gishen, Philip Lodge, Bee Wee, Stephen Barclay

Abstract

A proportion of newly qualified doctors report feeling unprepared to manage patients with palliative care and end-of-life needs. This may be related to barriers within their institution during undergraduate training. Information is limited regarding the current organisation of palliative care teaching across UK medical schools. To investigate the evolution and structure of palliative care teaching at UK medical schools. Anonymised, web-based questionnaire. Settings/participants: Results were obtained from palliative care course organisers at all 30 UK medical schools. The palliative care course was established through active planning (13/30, 43%), ad hoc development (10, 33%) or combination of approaches (7, 23%). The place of palliative care teaching within the curriculum varied. A student-selected palliative care component was offered by 29/30 (97%). All medical schools sought student feedback. The course was reviewed in 26/30 (87%) but not in 4. Similarly, a course organiser was responsible for the palliative care programme in 26/30 but not in 4. A total of 22 respondents spent a mean of 3.9 h (median 2.5)/week in supporting/delivering palliative care education (<1-16 h). In all, 17/29 (59%) had attended a teaching course or shared duties with a colleague who had done so. Course organisers received titular recognition in 18/27 (67%; no title 9 (33%); unknown 3 (11%)). An academic department of Palliative Medicine existed in 12/30 (40%) medical schools. Funding was not universally transparent. Palliative care teaching was associated with some form of funding in 20/30 (66%). Development, organisation, course evaluation and funding for palliative care teaching at UK medical schools are variable. This may have implications for delivery of effective palliative care education for medical students.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 46 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 9 20%
Unspecified 7 15%
Student > Bachelor 6 13%
Other 5 11%
Student > Master 4 9%
Other 15 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 22 48%
Unspecified 10 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 13%
Psychology 3 7%
Social Sciences 3 7%
Other 2 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 43. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 June 2018.
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#419,408
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Outputs from Palliative Medicine
#168
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#14,414
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Outputs of similar age from Palliative Medicine
#5
of 26 outputs
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