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Medical Students' Death Anxiety: Severity and Association With Psychological Health and Attitudes Toward Palliative Care

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, September 2015
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Title
Medical Students' Death Anxiety: Severity and Association With Psychological Health and Attitudes Toward Palliative Care
Published in
Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, September 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.03.014
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Authors

Pia Thiemann, Thelma Quince, John Benson, Diana Wood, Stephen Barclay

Abstract

Death anxiety is related to awareness of the reality of dying and death and can be negatively related to a person's psychological health. Physicians' death anxiety also may influence their care for patients approaching death. Doctors face death in a professional context for the first time at medical school, but knowledge about death anxiety among medical students is limited. To examine medical students' death anxiety in relation to: 1) its severity, gender differences and trajectory during medical education, and 2) its associations with students' attitudes towards palliative care and their psychological health. Four cohorts of core science and four cohorts of clinical students at the University of Cambridge Medical School took part in a questionnaire survey with longitudinal follow-up. Students who provided data on the revised Collett-Lester Fear of Death Scale were included in the analysis (N=790). Medical students' death anxiety was moderate, with no gender differences and remained very stable over time. High death anxiety was associated with higher depression and anxiety levels and greater concerns about the personal impact of providing palliative care. The associations between high death anxiety and lower psychological health and negative attitudes towards palliative care are concerning. It is important to address death anxiety during medical education in order to enhance student's psychological health and the quality of their future palliative care provision.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Hong Kong 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Singapore 1 <1%
Unknown 142 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 23 16%
Student > Bachelor 22 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 10%
Researcher 12 8%
Other 32 22%
Unknown 27 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 57 39%
Psychology 25 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 21 14%
Social Sciences 4 3%
Arts and Humanities 2 1%
Other 6 4%
Unknown 31 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. 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 24 August 2015.
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#8,969,364
of 16,682,934 outputs
Outputs from Journal of Pain & Symptom Management
#1,971
of 3,068 outputs
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#95,145
of 236,917 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Pain & Symptom Management
#26
of 39 outputs
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