Palliative care in undergraduate curricula: Results of a national scoping study

Hegarty, M., Currow, D., Parker, D., Turnbull, B., Devery, K., Canning, D., Nash, R., Mitchell, G., Grbich, C. and Yates, P. (2010) Palliative care in undergraduate curricula: Results of a national scoping study. Focus on Health Professional Education, 12 2: 97-109.

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Author Hegarty, M.
Currow, D.
Parker, D.
Turnbull, B.
Devery, K.
Canning, D.
Nash, R.
Mitchell, G.
Grbich, C.
Yates, P.
Title Palliative care in undergraduate curricula: Results of a national scoping study
Journal name Focus on Health Professional Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-1100
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 97
End page 109
Total pages 13
Place of publication Adelaide, SA, Australia
Publisher ANZAME
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: We wished to explore the ways in which palliative care is included in undergraduate health services curricula in Australia and the barriers to, and opportunities for, such inclusion.

Methods: A scoping study of current Australian undergraduate health care curricula, using an email survey of deans (or equivalent) of health faculties was designed utilising all Australian undergraduate courses that prepare medicine, nursing and allied health professionals for entry to practice. Participants were deans or faculty heads from health and related faculties which offered courses relevant to the project, identified from the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training website. Sixty-two deans (or equivalent) from 41 Australian universities were surveyed. A total of 42 completed surveys were returned (68% of deans).

Main outcome measures were total hours, content, teaching and learning strategies and resources for palliative care education in undergraduate curricula; perceived gaps, barriers, and opportunities to support the inclusion of palliative care education in undergraduate curricula.

Results: Forty-five percent of respondents reported the content of current curricula reflected the palliative approach to a large degree. More than half of the respondents reported that their course had palliative care components integrated to a minor degree and a further third to a moderate degree. The number of hours dedicated to palliative care and teaching and learning strategies varied across all respondents, although there was a high degree of commonality in content areas taught.

Conclusion: Current Australian undergraduate courses vary widely in the nature and extent to which they provide education in palliative care.
Keyword Palliative care
Palliative approach
Undergraduate education
Q-Index Code C1
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