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Title: Situational analysis of palliative care education in thai medical schools
Authors: Krishna Suvarnabhumi
Non Sowanna
Surin Jiraniramai
Darin Jaturapatporn
Nonglak Kanitsap
Chiroj Soorapanth
Kanate Thanaghumtorn
Napa Limratana
Lanchasak Akkayagorn
Dusit Staworn
Rungnirand Praditsuwan
Naporn Uengarporn
Teabaluck Sirithanawutichai
Komwudh Konchalard
Chaturon Tangsangwornthamma
Mayuree Vasinanukorn
Temsak Phungrassami
Prince of Songkla University
Naresuan University
Chiang Mai University
Mahidol University
Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University
Vajira Hospital
Rangsit University
Khon Kaen University
Chulalongkorn University
Phramongkutklao College of Medicine
Suranaree University of Technology
Mahasarakham University
Burapha University
Walailak University
Keywords: Medicine;Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2013
Citation: Palliative Care. Vol.8, No.1 (2013), 25-29
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The Thai Medical School Palliative Care Network conducted this study to establish the current state of palliative care education in Thai medical schools. METHODS: A questionnaire survey was given to 2 groups that included final year medical students and instructors in 16 Thai medical schools. The questionnaire covered 4 areas related to palliative care education. RESULTS: An insufficient proportion of students (defined as fewer than 60%) learned nonpain symptoms control (50.0%), goal setting and care planning (39.0%), teamwork (38.7%), and pain management (32.7%). Both medical students and instructors reflected that palliative care education was important as it helps to improve quality of care and professional competence. The percentage of students confident to provide palliative care services under supervision of their senior, those able to provide services on their own, and those not confident to provide palliative care services were 57.3%, 33.3%, and 9.4%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The lack of knowledge in palliative care in students may lower their level of confidence to practice palliative care. In order to prepare students to achieve a basic level of competency in palliative care, each medical school has to carefully put palliative care content into the undergraduate curriculum. © the authors, publisher and licensee Libertas Academica Limited.
ISSN: 11782242
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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