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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 33--35

Networking and training in palliative care - Challenging values and changing practice


Makerere University, Kampala; Medical Director Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust, United Kingdom

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Mhoira EF Leng
Makerere University, Kampala; Medical Director Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.76239

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What make a good doctor is a question posed by the public and profession and is key when designing training programmes. The goal of training is to change practice not simply acquire knowledge yet too often curriculums and assessment focuses on knowledge and skills. Professional practice is underpinned by beliefs and values and therefore training may need to challenge deeply held values in order to result in a change in practice. Palliative care offers an opportunity to challenge values at a deeply personal level as it brings experiences of pain and suffering alongside clinical knowledge and skills. Palliative care is holistic and so real scenarios where physical, psychological, social and spiritual issues are evident can be presented in an interactive, learner centered environment. Training in ethics alongside clinical skills will assist the development of judgment which should also be assessed. Communication skills enable the clinician to hear and understand the needs and wishes of those facing life limiting illness. Training should include aspects of modeling and mentorship to demonstrate and integrate the learning with the realities of clinical practice and include those who lead and influence policy and advocacy.






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