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Teaching and training in palliative medicine 

Teaching and training in palliative medicine
Teaching and training in palliative medicine

Karen Forbes

and Jane Gibbins

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date: 24 January 2022

Patients die in almost all areas of medicine; it is therefore essential for doctors to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours necessary to look after patients who need care at the end of life. This chapter explores what the training needs of the various doctors caring for patients with palliative care needs are, how their curricula have developed, and the variety of ways training is delivered. It suggests that learners need to move out of the classroom to achieve exposure to real clinical experience with patients approaching the end of their lives with support from seniors who acknowledge patients’ needs, role model good communication and care, and facilitate their juniors’ reflection and learning from these encounters. However, the main challenge is to encourage and develop innovative clinical and research partnerships to design, deliver, and evaluate educational packages to demonstrate how education in palliative care best benefits patients and their families.

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