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Palliative care in medical practice: medical students' expectations

Overview of attention for article published in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , April 2018
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Title
Palliative care in medical practice: medical students' expectations
Published in
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , April 2018
DOI 10.1136/bmjspcare-2017-001486
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Authors

Ruth Diver, Thelma Quince, Stephen Barclay, John Benson, James Brimicombe, Diana Wood, Pia Thiemann

Abstract

During their careers, all doctors will be involved in the care of the dying, and this is likely to increase with current demographic trends. Future doctors need to be well-prepared for this. Little is known about medical students' expectations about providing palliative care. Our aim was to investigate how satisfying students expect palliative care to be, and any attitudes towards palliative care associated with a negative expectation. Fifteen UK medical schools participated in the study, with 1898 first and final year students completing an online questionnaire which investigated how satisfying they expect providing palliative care to be and their attitudes towards palliative care. At both the beginning and end of their training, a significant proportion of students expect palliative care to be less satisfying than other care (19.3% first year, 16% final year). Students expecting palliative care to be less satisfying were more likely to be men, and their attitudes suggest that while they understand the importance of providing palliative care they are concerned about the potential impact of this kind of work on them personally. Medical student education needs to address why palliative care is important and how to deliver it effectively, and the strategies for dealing positively with the impact of this work on future clinicians.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 9 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 3 33%
Researcher 3 33%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 11%
Student > Master 1 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 11%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 5 56%
Unspecified 2 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 11%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 19. 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 02 May 2018.
All research outputs
#887,633
of 13,754,665 outputs
Outputs from BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
#116
of 1,030 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#32,377
of 272,009 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
#7
of 38 outputs
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