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Progress and divergence in palliative care education for medical students: A comparative survey of UK course structure, content, delivery, contact with patients and assessment of learning

Overview of attention for article published in Palliative Medicine, July 2016
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Title
Progress and divergence in palliative care education for medical students: A comparative survey of UK course structure, content, delivery, contact with patients and assessment of learning
Published in
Palliative Medicine, July 2016
DOI 10.1177/0269216315627125
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Steven Walker, Jane Gibbins, Stephen Barclay, Astrid Adams, Paul Paes, Madawa Chandratilake, Faye Gishen, Philip Lodge, Bee Wee

Abstract

Effective undergraduate education is required to enable newly qualified doctors to safely care for patients with palliative care and end-of-life needs. The status of palliative care teaching for UK medical students is unknown. To investigate palliative care training at UK medical schools and compare with data collected in 2000. An anonymised, web-based multifactorial questionnaire. Results were obtained from palliative care course organisers at all 30 medical schools in 2013 and compared with 23 medical schools (24 programmes) in 2000. All continue to deliver mandatory teaching on 'last days of life, death and bereavement'. Time devoted to palliative care teaching time varied (2000: 6-100 h, mean 20 h; 2013: 7-98 h, mean 36 h, median 25 h). Current palliative care teaching is more integrated. There was little change in core topics and teaching methods. New features include 'involvement in clinical areas', participation of patient and carers and attendance at multidisciplinary team meetings. Hospice visits are offered (22/24 (92%) vs 27/30 (90%)) although they do not always involve patient contact. There has been an increase in students' assessments (2000: 6/24, 25% vs 2013: 25/30, 83%) using a mixture of formative and summative methods. Some course organisers lack an overview of what is delivered locally. Undergraduate palliative care training continues to evolve with greater integration, increased teaching, new delivery methods and wider assessment. There is a trend towards increased patient contact and clinical involvement. A minority of medical schools offer limited teaching and patient contact which could impact on the delivery of safe palliative care by newly qualified doctors.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Unknown 54 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 18%
Unspecified 9 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 16%
Researcher 7 13%
Student > Master 5 9%
Other 15 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 26 47%
Unspecified 10 18%
Social Sciences 6 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 11%
Psychology 5 9%
Other 2 4%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 24. 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 01 April 2017.
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#572,258
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