End-of-Life Issues in UK Medical Schools

George Dickinson*, Liz Paul

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Abstract

Objective: A descriptive study to determine the current status of end-of-life (EOL) issues in UK medical schools.

Methods: A brief questionnaire was mailed to the 31 medical schools in the United Kingdom in the spring of 2013. Data analysis consisted of frequency distributions.

Results: All schools offered some exposure to the topic of dying, death and bereavement, and palliative care, although the orientation had increased somewhat from an earlier study in 2000. The palliative medicine specialist and the nurse specialist in palliative care are the most consistent members of the team. Most schools have hospice participation, with time spent with a hospice patient increasing over the period.

Discussion: Data suggest that UK medical schools have addressed EOL issues. These findings should have significance for medical schools considering changes in their EOL offerings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-640
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume32
Issue number6
Early online date10 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • end-of-life issues
  • UK medical schools
  • palliative medicine
  • hospice
  • death and dying

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