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EDUCATION LEADS' VIEWS ABOUT UNDERGRADUATE PALLIATIVE CARE (PC) TEACHING IN THEIR MEDICAL SCHOOL: A UK WIDE SURVEY
  1. Steven Walker1,2,
  2. Jane Gibbins3,
  3. Stephen Barclay4,
  4. Mandy Barnett5,
  5. Astrid Adams6,
  6. Paul Paes7,
  7. Philip Lodge8,
  8. Madawa Chandratilake2 and
  9. Bee Wee6
  1. 1 Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, London, UK
  2. 2 Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee, UK
  3. 3 Cornwall Hospice Care, Royal Cornwall Hospital & Peninsula Medical School, Truro, UK
  4. 4 University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  5. 5 University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  6. 6 Sir Michael Sobell House & University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  7. 7 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  8. 8 University College London & Royal Free Hospital, London, UK

    Abstract

    Background The views of newly-qualified doctors regarding their readiness to care for PC patients have been investigated.1 By comparison, less is known about the opinions of undergraduate PC leads concerning their course provision, role and institutional support.

    Aims To investigate the views of undergraduate PC leads across all UK medical schools regarding teaching at their university.

    Methods A 40 point web-based questionnaire was developed and sent to identified PC leads in all UK medical Schools. This study received ethical approval.

    Results Results were obtained from all 30 UK medical schools. Nineteen respondents (63%) consider that PC training should be a separate course partially integrated within the curriculum, 10 (33%) fully integrated and 1(3%) would prefer a completely separate course.

    A minority expressed concerns about PC training being recognised as important (5, 17%), support from university colleagues (5, 17%) dedicated teaching time (10, 33%) and funding (10. 33%).

    Conclusion The views of PC leads are generally positive across UK medical school. It is suggested that negative opinions may be influenced by local organisational difficulties.

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