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

Steven Walker, Jane Gibbins, Stephen Barclay, Astrid Adams, Paul Paes, Madawa Chandratilake, Faye Gishen, Philip Lodge & Bee Wee
Background: 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. Aim: To investigate palliative care training at UK medical schools and compare with data collected in 2000. Design: An anonymised, web-based multifactorial questionnaire. Settings/participants: Results were obtained from palliative care course organisers at all 30 medical schools in 2013 and compared...
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