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Medical students talking to hospice patients

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  • Amy Gadoud
  • Lesley Jones
  • Miriam Johnson
  • Yousef Adcock
  • Milind Arolker
  • Julia Barnes
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>02/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Clinical Teacher
Issue number1
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)9-13
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date6/01/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Background: All newly qualified doctors will look after patients in the last stages of life. Context: This article is a review of the literature regarding medical students learning from hospice patients, focusing on practical concerns of relevance to those involved in organising or conducting medical student teaching. Innovation: Medical students have increasing opportunities to learn about palliative care from talking to patients in a hospice. This resource is not fully utilised, in part because of concerns about patient and student welfare. These concerns are not supported by current research findings, including a qualitative interview study of patients and staff. Implications: We would encourage course coordinators to use opportunities for medical students to talk to hospice patients in order to enhance the education of medical students.