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The United Kingdom general practitioner and palliative care model 

The United Kingdom general practitioner and palliative care model
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The United Kingdom general practitioner and palliative care model
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Simon Noble

and Nicola Pease

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198736134.003.0058
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date: 25 September 2017

Within the United Kingdom, the general practitioner (GP) will manage the care of the majority of patients with life-limiting and terminal disease. The need for effective communication is recognized in the general practice curriculum and college examinations. The opportunity to review and critique one’s own communication skills allows considerable opportunity for self-directed learning and reflection. The development of a reflective portfolio of learning has been developed as a user-friendly and cost-effective way for the general practitioner to commit to lifelong learning in the context of communicating with palliative care patients. This chapter describes several models that can help deliver an evidence-based template of training, supported by a simple toolkit with which to empower GPs to enhance their communication skills throughout their professional careers.

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